The Dallas Cowboys (2-2), led by quarterback Dak Prescott, met the Houston Texans, led by defensive end J.J. Watt, in a Week 6 NFL game on Sunday, October 7, 2018 (10/7/18) at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
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Here’s the AP recap:
HOUSTON (AP) — When DeAndre Hopkins had a chance to make a play in overtime on Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, Houston’s star receiver was intent on redeeming himself after losing a rare fumble in the third quarter.
He did that with a spectacular 49-yard catch and run that got the Texans in scoring range, and Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked a 36-yard field goal to lift the Texans to a 19-16 win.
Hopkins, who finished with 151 yards receiving, grabbed a short pass from Deshaun Watson and twice spun away from would-be tacklers to stretch the play.
“I fumbled, so I knew I had to make a play,” Hopkins said. “There was a lot of guys downfield but I wasn’t trying to go down easy. A field goal would win the game and I knew that. I knew where I was, and I felt guys coming around me.”
Coach Bill O’Brien said Hopkins approached him after the fumble and simply said: ‘I’ll make up for that.’ Watson knew he would do that when he threw the ball his way.
“Playmakers make plays whenever we need him, and that was a situation where we needed him to make a play,” Watson said. “I threw it up for him to make a play, and he did what he had to do.”
The Cowboys got the ball first in OT but had to punt when Zach Cunningham stopped Ezekiel Elliott for no gain on third-and-1. Coach Jason Garrett defended his decision not to go for it.
“We just felt like at that point in the game, the way our defense was playing, the idea was to pin them down there,” he said.
Houston was just 1 of 5 in the red zone on Sunday, with Fairbairn making four field goals to help the Texans to the victory.
It is Houston’s first win over the Cowboys (2-3) since the team’s first game on Sept. 8, 2002, ending a three-game losing streak to Dallas. The Texans (2-3) did it in front of a franchise-record crowd of 72,008, which was peppered with plenty of Cowboys fans.
Houston defensive end Jadeveon Clowney didn’t realize the Texans hadn’t beaten the Cowboys in 16 years, but did understand the importance of the victory.
“This is a big win, not just for us but for the city of Houston,” he said. “Cowboys are America’s No. 1 team. For us to go out there and win at home was very big for us. We needed that win.”
Deshaun Watson threw for 375 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Texans, who won in overtime for the second straight week.
Dak Prescott had 208 yards passing and a touchdown but threw two interceptions for the Cowboys. Elliott, who entered the game as the NFL’s leading rusher, was limited to 54 yards rushing.
“We just haven’t gotten it going on offense,” Prescott said. “I don’t know if there’s one thing you can pinpoint, but we’ve got to figure it out.”
The Texans were driving late in the fourth quarter when Xavier Woods intercepted Watson, who threw under heavy pressure, with 10 seconds left and returned it 15 yards to give Dallas the ball at its 47. Kareem Jackson nearly intercepted Prescott on the next play before his Hail Mary on the last play of regulation was knocked down in the end zone by receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who came in to play defense.
A 27-yard pass interference call by Byron Jones on a ball intended for Hopkins got Houston to the 1-yard line in the third quarter. But two failed running plays followed by an incomplete pass forced another field goal which gave the Texans a 16-13 lead with about 8 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Cowboys tied it up on a 48-yard field goal with less than six minutes left. That drive was highlighted by a 44-yard pass by Prescott to Tavon Austin that he made after escaping sacks by J.J. Watt, Brandon Dunn and Zach Cunningham.
Prescott’s second interception came when Johnathan Joseph broke up a pass and rookie Justin Reid caught it just before it hit the turf in the third quarter. The Texans drove to the 3-yard line on the ensuing possession before the drive stalled and Fairbairn kicked a 21-yard field goal to tie it at 13-13.
Hopkins fumbled after a catch early in the third quarter and it was recovered by Jourdan Lewis and returned to the Houston 16. The Cowboys regained the lead when Prescott found Allen Hurns in the back of the end zone on a 3-yard touchdown pass that made it 13-10.
The Texans drove to the 2-yard line later in the second but Watson’s pass on third down fell incomplete and they settled for a 20-yard field goal to push the lead to 10-6.
Houston RB Lamar Miller, who dealt with a chest injury this week, was active but did not play. … Texans CB Kayvon Webster left the game in the first quarter with a quadriceps injury and didn’t return.
The Texans took their first lead when rookie Keke Coutee, who made his debut last week, scored on a 1-yard run early in the second quarter. Coutee celebrated his first career touchdown with a dance called the Shiggy Challenge from a Drake song called “In My Feelings” which includes the line: “Kiki do you love me?”
He had previously said he didn’t like that song because he was tired of everyone singing it to him but seems to be past that now.
“I just gave the people what they wanted to see,” he said with a laugh.
Cowboys: Host the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday.
Texans: Host the Buffalo Bills next Sunday.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: NFL, Week 5
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston
Time: 8:20 p.m. Eastern
Line: Houston -3.5 (Over/under: 45.5)
Cowboys notes: QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 255 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.6 rating last week. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) & 93.9 rating in 4 career road games vs. AFC. Since entering league in 2016, ranks 2nd among NFL QBs with 12 rush TDs. * RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had career-high 240 scrimmage yards (152 rush, 88 rec.) & TD catch last week. Is 3rd player in team history with 150+ rush yards & 50+ rec. yards in single game. Has 719 scrimmage yards (119.8 per game) & 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 rec.) in 6 career games vs. AFC. In his past 6 road games, has 832 scrimmage yards (138.7 per game) & 7 TDs. Has 100+ rush yards in 4 of past 5 on road. Since 2016, leads NFL in rush yards (3,040) & rush TDs (24). * TE GEOFF SWAIM had 1st-career TD catch last week. WR COLE BEASLEY has 5 rec. TDs in his past 8 vs. AFC. WR TERRANCE WILLIAMS had 71 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. Has 3 TD catches in his past 2 vs. AFC South. * DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had career-high 8 tackles & 3 sacks last week. Has 2 games with 3+ sacks since 2017, 2nd-most in NFL. Has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 3 on road vs. AFC. In his past 10 road games, has 9.5 sacks, 2 FFs & 3 FRs. S JEFF HEATH aims for 3rd in row on road vs. AFC with FF & PD. Has 2 FFs, INT & 3 PD in his past 4 vs. AFC. LB JAYLON SMITH aims for 3rd in row on road with sack. CB CHIDOBE AWUZIE tied career-high with 8 tackles in Week 4.
Texans notes: QB DESHAUN WATSON passed for 375 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 102.8 rating & rushed for 41 yards with TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 300+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. In his past 4 at home, has 1,154 pass yards (288.5 per game) with 14 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 114.5 rating. Ranks 4th in AFC with 1,246 pass yards & is only NFL QB with 1,200+ pass yards & 150+ rush yards (161) in 2018. * RB LAMAR MILLER has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. NFC. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 7 of past 10 at home. Since 2014, ranks 3rd among active RBs with 5,398 scrimmage yards. * WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS had 10 catches for 169 yards & TD last week. Has 5 games with 10+ catches & 100+ rec. yards since 2015, tied for 4th-most in NFL. Has 11 TD catches in past 9 at home. Since 2017, has 695 rec. yards (77.2 per game) & 11 TD catches in 9 games at home. WR WILL FULLER V had TD catch last week. Has 6 TD catches in his past 7 at home. Has 3 TD catches in his past 4 vs. NFC. Rookie WR KEKE COUTEE had 11 catches for 109 yards in NFL debut last week, 2nd-most catches by player in 1st-career game in NFL history. * DE J.J. WATT had 2 sacks & 2 FFs last week. Has 14 sacks, 16 TFL, 3 FFs & 2 FRs in his past 11 at home. In his past 4 vs. NFC, has 6 sacks, 8 TFL & FF. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 2 sacks & FR-TD in Week 4. Has 12 TFL, 5 sacks & FF in his past 6 vs. NFC. Has 8 TFL in his past 5 at home. S TYRANN MATHIEU had INT in 11/2/14 meeting (with Az.). — NFL Communications
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