Bills 24, Texans 21
Sunday, November 19th 2006, 3:45 pm
By: News On 6
HOUSTON (AP) J. P. Losman came through when he absolutely had to. So did Peerless Price.
Losman hit a diving Price in the back of the end zone for the 15-yard touchdown winning touchdown with 13 seconds left, giving Buffalo a 24-21 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
The play was reviewed, but upheld by officials as Price dragged both feet inbounds.
The game marked the first time the Bills' offense has scored 3 touchdowns since December 4, 2005.
The catch by Price was just his second of the game and he finished with 21 yards receiving.
Losman was unstoppable in the 1st quarter, throwing for 209 yards, but managed just 76 yards after that until the winning drive. On that march, he completed 6 passes for 55 yards.
The touchdown gave Buffalo (4-6) its first points of the 2nd half.
David Carr tied the NFL record for consecutive completions with 22 in the loss.
Dunta Robinson gave the Texans (3-7) the lead on a 9-yard interception return for a touchdown midway through the 3rd quarter. Losman was throwing out of the end zone when Robinson intercepted the pass intended for Lee Evans to score his first career touchdown and the Texans' first defensive touchdown since 2004.
Evans and Losman were splendid in the 1st quarter, connecting for 205 yards and two 83-yard touchdowns. Evans' 1st-quarter performance was a Buffalo record for a period and just shy of the NFL record for yards receiving in a quarter of 210.
The first touchdown came after Nate Clements' interception on the third play of the game. Both were after Evans got in front of Texans cornerback Demarcus Faggins for the easy score.
The 83-yard TDs were career highs for both Losman and Evans and they marked the first time in franchise history the Bills have had two 80-yard passes in a single game.
Losman was 26-38 for 340 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Evans finished with 11 receptions for 265 yards, which broke a single-game franchise record. It was a great outing for a passing game that was averaging just 139 yards an outing before Sunday.
Carr opened the game 1-3 with an interception on his first pass before completing his next 22 throws. Carr finished 25-30 for 223 yards and no touchdowns.
Carr's completion mark ties the record held by Mark Brunell, who also had 22 consecutive completions in Washington's 31-15 win over the Texans at Reliant Stadium on September 24th. He tied Brunell's record on a short pass to Wali Lundy for no gain with 6:19 left. The streak was broken when his pass to Andre Johnson with 5:44 remaining fell short.
Lundy cut the lead to 14-7 with a 17-yard run with about 3 minutes left in the 1st quarter. That score was set up by a 17-yard reception by Eric Moulds on 3rd & 8.
Samkon Gado made it 17-7 on a 1-yard run in the 2nd quarter. Moulds also had a key 3rd-down reception on that drive. Moulds, who spent 10 years with Buffalo before being traded to the Texans, had 5 catches for 68 yards for Houston.
Houston had a chance for the go-ahead score late in the 1st half, but fullback Jameel Cook fumbled after a reception on the 7-yard line and the Bills recovered. It was his second fumble of the year; he lost the ball against the Giants two weeks ago late in the 4th quarter.
Rian Lindell had a 40-yard field goal early in the 2nd quarter that gave Buffalo a 17-7 lead.