Johnson’s late TD saves Texans vs. Chiefs
By CHRIS DUNCAN, AP Sports Writer 1 hour, 43 minutes ago
HOUSTON (AP)—Andre Johnson saved the Houston Texans and their shaky defense again.
Johnson caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Matt Schaubith 28 seconds left to give Houston a stunning fourth-quarter comeback in the Texans’ 35-31 win over the Chiefs on Sunday.
The Texans (4-2) scored touchdowns on their final four possessions to make up for another rocky day for the defense. Houston gave up 228 yards rushing, could not force a turnover and yielded a 100-yard receiver for the fifth time in six games.
Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) celebrates his game-winning touchdown with fans during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, in Houston.
“We’ve got to tackle better, we’ve got to cover better, we’ve got to do everything better,” Houston coach Gary Kubiak said. “We’re really struggling. The key right now is we’ve got to play really big offensively as a team.”
To make matters worse, All-Pro linebacker DeMeco Ryans was lost for the season when he ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon late in the first half.
The Texans seemed to be on their way to losing the game, too, trailing 31-21 with just over 7 minutes left.
But Schaub threw two long passes to Owen Daniels and Arian Foster scored with 3:30 left to cut the Chiefs’ lead to 3. The Texans quarterback went 9 for 15 in the fourth quarter.
“Our quarterback was absolutely spectacular,” Kubiak said. “You can’t win games like that in this league unless your quarterback is special, and ours was special today.”
Houston regained possession after a punt with just over 2 minutes left. Schaub found Johnson across the middle for a 15-yard gain, then hit him down the sideline for 31 more to the Chiefs 24.
Five plays later, Schaub eluded the rush and found Johnson open in the back of the end zone. Johnson, still nursing a sprained right ankle, caught eight passes for 138 yards.
“Once we get into a rhythm as an offense,” Johnson said, “we can go out and score points.”
The Texans rebounded from a 34-10 loss to the New York Giants and now head into a much-needed open week.
“We didn’t want to go into the bye week 3-3,” Johnson said. “Guys were determined that no matter what happened, we were going to go out and get this victory.”
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