NFL: Texans hold off Steelers with defense to get 17-10 victory

Posted Oct 3, 2011 by Austin Tyler
The Houston Texans have had trouble closing games out in the fourth quarter, but today the defense stepped up and slammed the door on any break down. The Pittsburgh Steelers had their shots, but the Texans defense took them away.
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This Week 3 matchup had the Houston Texans (3-1) hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) in a battle that figured to be a defensive dominated game. It did not disappoint as both defenses played great games, but in the end the Texans defensive line dominated the Steelers offensive line.
Houston got the ball to start the game and Adrian Foster (30 carries, 155 yards, 1 TD) got the ball moving on this drive. Matt Schaub (14/21, 138yards, 1 TD) helped a little with 11 and 18-yard passes to Owen Daniels (5 receptions, 69 yards, 1 TD). Foster did most of the damage with his legs this 82-yard, 19 plays drive, but Schaub to Daniels was what put points on the board. Schaub hit Daniels on a 1-yard pass that gave them a 7-0 lead on a drive that took 10:55 off the clock.
Ben Roethlisberger (16/30, 206 yards, 1 Int) came out throwing the ball for the Steelers on the drive, but was only able to go 43-yards. During the drive the Texans had the chance to take the ball back from the Steelers as Brian Cushing recovered a fumble after Connor Barwin sacked Roethlisberger. The play had an illegal contact penalty on it so the Steelers retained the ball, but later had to punt.
The Texans got the ball and had trouble moving the ball before they returned the punt to the Steelers. Pittsburgh then went three and out on their drive and was forced to punt the ball right back to them.
With 8:14 left in the second quarter the Texans got the ball moving again as they had Foster running the ball again. On the fourth play of the drive wide receiver Andre Johnson caught a 13-yard pass, but fell to his knees in pain. The injury was called a hamstring injury and he did not return to the game after getting 4 receptions for 36 yards. Foster took over after the injury and got the Texans in field-goal range. Neil Rackers came on and kicked a 25-yard field-goal to give the Texans a 10-0 lead.
The Steelers got the ball moving on their next drive as they only had 2:33 left in the half. Roethlisberger got them moving with his arm, offense stalled on third and ten. The Steelers brought Shaun Suisham in to kick a field-goal, but the Texans Daniel Manning blocked the kick and Jonathan Joseph picked it up and ran it into the endzone.
The play was called back on an illegal block in the back by Manning and the touchdown was nullified to end the half. Instead of going into halftime up 17-0, the Texans took a 10-0 lead into the locker-room.
Pittsburgh got the ball moving to start the second half and got bug plays from Roethlisberger to move them down the field 79-yards. Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown (5 receptions, 67 yards) for the most part on this drive which included a deep 23-yard pass. Rashard Mendenhall (9 carries, 25 yards, 1 TD) finished off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to make it a 10-7 game.
The Texans went three and out and was forced to punt the ball to the Steelers. The Steelers had decent field position and moved the ball 60-yards on this drive. Mendenhall went out and Isaac Redman (6 carries, 40 yards) did most of the damage on this drive getting them into field-goal range. Suisham came on and made a 26-yard field-goal to tie the game up at 10-points apiece and make it a whole new ball game.
On the ensuing drive the Texans came back with an 85-yard drive that only took 5 plays. Foster started the drive with two little runs, and then Schaub hit Daniels again for some a big gain. Daniels caught a 30-yard pass and on the next play made a key block to bust Foster open for a 42-yard touchdown run. The run by Foster gave the Texans a 17-10 lead with 12:02 left in the game.
Redman got the Steelers moving on the drive with an 8-yard run, but Shaun Cody sacked Roethlisberger for a 7-yard loss. Roethlisberger then tried to hit Hines Ward on a deep pass only to have Ward drop it after a big hit from Jason Allen. That forced them to punt the ball away.
Houston went three and out on their next drive and was forced to punt the ball away with 8:21 left in the game. The Steelers still had a chance to comeback, but this was when the Texans defense stepped up big. Roethlisberger hit Brown for a 26-yard gain, but then the Texans defense got two big sacks to end the drive. Both Antonio Smith and Mario Williams got sacks for six-yard losses.
With 1:02 left in the game the Steelers got the ball after a great punt that pinned them on their 1-yardline. Roethlisberger dropped back on the first play of the drive and had it picked off by Joseph of the Texans. He ran it back for a touchdown, but the play was called back due to a J.J. Watt roughing the passer penalty. That was the second time the Texans defense had a touchdown wiped off the board due to a penalty in this game.
Roethlisberger got the Steelers moving with two nice passes, and then spiked the ball to stop the clock. On the next drive Roethlisberger was picked off by Allen of the Texans who sealed the game for the Texans as he just overthrew Brown on that pass.
The Texans had a field day on defense as they had five sacks on the day and hit Roethlisberger eight times.