Patriots Come Back To Beat Texans In Ugly Fashion, 25-22, As Nick Folk Drills Game-Winner

New England Patriots kicker Nick Folk

It was a scrappy win for the Patriots Sunday afternoon, but they got the job done as they completed a 13-point comeback in which moves them to 2-3 on the year.

It was an eventful first half, with the two sides going back and forth. The Texans and Patriots got into the end-zone on their opening drive, while both kickers missed the PAT.

The Texans added on, finding their way into the end-zone again but also missed yet another PAT. Damien Harris — who got notched a one-yard rushing touchdown in the drive prior — rushed for what looked like a five-yard touchdown. But after review, Harris never broke the plane of the goal line before fumbling.

Both kickers — Ka’imi Fairbairn and Nick Folk, which endured rough starts to their days — each booted a field goal to make it 15-9 at halftime.

Just two plays into the second half, New England quarterback Mac Jones was picked off by Lonnie Johnson Jr., and Houston would capitalize — on the second play of the drive — with Davis Mills hurling a 37-yard touchdown pass to make it 22-9 Texans.

Back-to-back punts from the two contestants resulted in New England getting the ball back, as they picked up a field goal after being put in strong field position. A seven-play drive towards the end of the third quarter resulted in another field goal from the foot of Folk which made it 22-15.

New England would receive even more luck, as Fairbairn shanked a 56-yarder to keep it a one-score affair. Jones would then find tight end Hunter Henry for a 13-yard game-tying touchdown pass.

The Pats forced Davis Mills and the Houston offense to a three-and-out, setting up the Patriots for exactly a seven-minute drive in which drained the clock and gave the Pats the lead — Folk made a 21-yard chip shot to put the Pats ahead, 25-22, and give the Texans the ball with just 15 seconds left.

The former Patriot, Brandin Cooks, fumbled — Matt Judon scooped it up to end the contest.

Stats and notes:

  • Hunter Henry had six catches for 75 yards, his best game yet in a red and blue uniform
  • Jakobi Meyers had four catches for 56 yards
  • Brandon Bolden had four receptions for just six yards, while salvaging two carries for 25 yards
  • Damien Harris had 14 rushes for 58 yards
  • N’Keal Harry had just one catch
  • Matt Judon recorded two sacks
  • Jamie Collins notched a sack to start his third stint as a Patriot
  • Mac Jones threw for 231 yards, going 23-for-30

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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