Receiver Andre Johnson dressed slowly, the pained expression on his face unable to hide what he was feeling. When he finally addressed reporters crowded around his locker, he spoke so softly he was barely audible at first.
“I don’t have the words to describe it – disbelief, I guess,” Johnson said after the Texans blew another game by allowing the New York Jets to rally and pull out a 30-27 victory. “We were down, but we fought back and took the lead.”
The offense awakened in the fourth quarter, overcoming a 23-7 fourth-quarter deficit to take a 27-23 lead with 55 seconds remaining. The Jets had the ball at their 28 with no timeouts remaining.
“I thought our defense would hold them,” Johnson said after being limited to four catches for 32 yards. “We were on the sideline feeling good, thinking our defense would hold them, but the Jets made the plays at the end, and we didn’t.”
Still sluggish at start
The offense again got off to a slow start. Going into the game, the Texans ranked 30th in yards and were tied for 28th in points in the first half. In the second half, they were first in yards and second in points.