Houston Texans vs. Philadelphia Eagles

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The Philadelphia Eagles would go on to beat the Houston Texans 32-30, thanks to four touchdowns from Nick Foles and over 470 yards passing.


Game Information
Location: Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 69,696

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Foles ran back onto the field after a hard shot knocked him out for a play and the crowd roared, seemingly knowing he was about to do it again.

Jake Elliott kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired after Foles led the offense into position and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Houston Texans 32-30 Sunday to keep their playoff hopes alive.

"Foles was so confident and everyone was so calm," said Zach Ertz, who set a single-season record for most receptions for tight ends. "No one flinched. Guys stuck together."

Foles threw for a franchise-record 471 yards.

The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles (8-7) need a win at Washington (7-8) next week and for Minnesota (8-6-1) to lose at home to Chicago (11-4) to get a wild-card berth.

The Texans (10-5) missed an opportunity to clinch the AFC South and also allowed New England (10-5) to take control of the No. 2 seed. But when Pittsburgh lost to New Orleans, Houston earned at least a wild-card berth.

The Texans would secure the division title with a victory against Jacksonville next week. They'd get a first-round bye with a win and if the Patriots lose or tie.

"I'll put that on my shoulders," J.J. Watt said. "The offense did a great job giving us a chance, and we just didn't get a stop at the end."

Filling in for the injured Carson Wentz for the second straight week, Foles again played like the Super Bowl MVP who led Philadelphia to a victory over New England.

"We stuck together through the ups and downs," said Foles, who choked up when asked about possibly playing his last game in Philadelphia.

Deshaun Watson had two TD passes and ran for two scores.

Watson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Vyncint Smith with 2:04 remaining as Houston rallied from a 13-point deficit.

But Foles brought Philadelphia back.

Foles was injured on a late hit by Jadeveon Clowney while completing a 19-yard pass to Alshon Jeffery to the Texans 30 on third-and-10. Nate Sudfeld came in and threw an incomplete pass, but Foles returned on the next play. His 20-yard pass to Ertz on third-and-10 put Philadelphia at the Houston 35.

The Eagles ran the clock down and Elliott made the kick to make up for missing an extra point earlier in the quarter.

"When it ends a game, you get to enjoy it a little bit longer," Elliott said.

Watson threw a 14-yard TD to DeAndre Hopkins to cut the deficit to 29-23 with 4:48 left and the Texans got the ball back at their 20 after a three-and-out.

Watson made an incredible escape on third-and-11 and threw 22 yards to Jordan Akins for a first down at the Philadelphia 34.

On third-and-11, he hit Smith deep in the back of the end zone. Smith made an outstanding catch, and dragged his feet to stay inbounds.

Foles connected with Nelson Agholor on an 83-yard TD in the third quarter to give the Eagles a 23-16 lead. Foles changed the play at the line of scrimmage and fired a deep pass that Agholor caught in stride at the Texans 30 and ran untouched to the end zone, stopping at the 1 and falling backward in for the score.

The Texans had a first down at the Eagles 31 on the ensuing drive but Chris Long sacked Watson, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Fletcher Cox and returned to the Houston 49.

Foles then connected with Ertz on a 23-yard TD to give the Eagles a 29-16 lead. Elliott missed the extra point.

Ertz had 12 catches to break Jason Witten's record. Ertz has 113. Witten had 110 catches for the Dallas Cowboys in 2012.

Watson ran in from the 5 one play after Clowney's strip-sack and recovery, giving the Texans a 9-7 lead.

The Eagles scored a TD on their opening drive for just the fourth time this season. Darren Sproles turned a short pass from Foles on fourth-and-2 into a 37-yard TD to give Philadelphia a 7-0 lead.

INJURIES

Texans: WR Demaryius Thomas (right leg) was carted off the field in the fourth quarter. CB Kareem Jackson (knee) and CB Kayvon Webster (thigh) were injured in the first half. CB Johnathan Joseph (neck) went down in the third quarter.

Eagles: LT Jason Peters (quad) got hurt on the first possession.

UP NEXT

Texans: Host the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday.

Eagles: Visit the Washington Redskins (7-8) next Sunday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Texans Eagles
06:32 Darren Sproles 37 yd pass from Nick Foles (Jake Elliott kick) 0 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Texans Eagles
14:52 Ka'imi Fairbairn 30 yd FG 3 7
10:23 Deshaun Watson 5 yd run (missed kick) 9 7
03:08 Zach Ertz 1 yd pass from Nick Foles (2pt Sack of Nick Foles) 9 13
01:17 Deshaun Watson 6 yd run (Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) 16 13

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Texans Eagles
05:31 Jake Elliott 47 yd FG 16 16
02:18 Nelson Agholor 83 yd pass from Nick Foles (Jake Elliott kick) 16 23

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Texans Eagles
10:21 Zach Ertz 23 yd pass from Nick Foles (missed kick) 16 29
04:41 D'Onta Foreman 20 yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) 23 29
02:04 Vyncint Smith 35 yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Ka'imi Fairbairn kick) 30 29
00:00 Jake Elliott 35 yd FG 30 32

Team Stats
  Houston Philadelphia
1st Downs 25 25
Total Yards 371 519
Passing 309 462
Passing Completions/Attempts 29-40 35-50
Yards/Pass 7.0 9.1
Rushing 62 57
Rushing Attempts 19 22
Yards/Rush 3.3 2.6
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles Lost 1 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 26:15 33:45

Houston Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Deshaun Watson 29 40 339 8.5 2 0

Philadelphia Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Nick Foles 35 49 471 9.6 4 1
Nate Sudfeld 0 1 0 0.0 0 0

Houston Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Deshaun Watson 8 49 6.1 2 12
Alfred Blue 4 14 3.5 0 5
D'Onta Foreman 7 -1 -0.1 0 2

Philadelphia Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Darren Sproles 9 32 3.6 0 16
Josh Adams 11 21 1.9 0 6
Wendell Smallwood 1 3 3.0 0 3
Nick Foles 1 1 1.0 0 1

Houston Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
DeAndre Hopkins 9 104 11.6 0 18
DeAndre Carter 6 61 10.2 0 24
Demaryius Thomas 3 37 12.3 0 15
Vyncint Smith 1 35 35.0 1 35
Jordan Akins 2 33 16.5 0 22
D'Onta Foreman 2 28 14.0 1 20
Alfred Blue 4 26 6.5 0 9
Ryan Griffin 2 15 7.5 0 10
Jordan Thomas 0 0 0.0 0

Philadelphia Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Nelson Agholor 5 116 23.2 1 83
Zach Ertz 12 110 9.2 2 23
Alshon Jeffery 3 82 27.3 0 52
Darren Sproles 3 76 25.3 1 37
Dallas Goedert 3 30 10.0 0 24
Wendell Smallwood 4 24 6.0 0 10
Golden Tate 2 13 6.5 0 9
Jordan Matthews 2 13 6.5 0 11
Richard Rodgers 1 7 7.0 0 7
Josh Adams 0 0 0.0 0

Houston Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Zach Cunningham 7 5 0 0
Justin Reid 7 0 0 0
Jadeveon Clowney 6 3 1 9
Deante Burton 4 0 0 0
Aaron Colvin 3 1 0 0
Tyrann Mathieu 3 2 0 0
J.J. Watt 3 0 0 0
Angelo Blackson 2 0 0 0
Kareem Jackson 2 0 0 0
Johnathan Joseph 2 0 0 0
Benardrick McKinney 2 2 0 0
Christian Covington 1 1 0 0
Andre Hal 1 2 0 0
Whitney Mercilus 1 0 0 0
D.J. Reader 1 1 0 0
Johnson Bademosi 0 0 0 0
Dylan Cole 0 0 0 0
Ka'imi Fairbairn 0 0 0 0
A.J. Moore 0 0 0 0

Philadelphia Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Rasul Douglas 8 1 0 0
Corey Graham 4 0 0 0
Malcolm Jenkins 4 1 0 0
Avonte Maddox 3 1 0.5 1
Nigel Bradham 3 3 0 0
Jordan Hicks 3 2 0 0
Tre Sullivan 3 0 0 0
Chris Long 2 0 2 20
Treyvon Hester 2 0 1 8
Timmy Jernigan 2 0 0 0
Cre'von LeBlanc 2 0 0 0
Daeshon Hall 1 1 0.5 1
Brandon Graham 1 0 0 0
Nelson Agholor 0 0 0 0
B.J. Bello 0 0 0 0
Michael Bennett 0 1 0 0
Fletcher Cox 0 1 0 0
Nick Foles 0 0 0 0
Nathan Gerry 0 0 0 0
LaRoy Reynolds 0 0 0 0
Richard Rodgers 0 0 0 0

Houston Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Benardrick McKinney 1 0 0

Philadelphia Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Houston Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
DeAndre Carter 5 122 24.4 0 30

Philadelphia Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Boston Scott 4 96 24.0 0 35

Houston Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
DeAndre Carter 1 8 8.0 0 8

Philadelphia Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Darren Sproles 1 11 11.0 0 11

Houston Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Ka'imi Fairbairn 1 1 100.0 30

Philadelphia Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Jake Elliott 2 2 100.0 47

Houston Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Trevor Daniel 4 161 51

Philadelphia Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Cameron Johnston 2 96 48