The Houston Texans scored three times in the final two minutes of the second quarter to take a 24-3 lead into halftime against the Miami Dolphins.
Things are not going well for Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill in his first career start. He threw three interceptions in the first half, two of which led to touchdowns with less than two minutes until halftime. The Dolphins also fumbled in their own territory with less than a minute until the half, and that also led to a Houston touchdown.
On the first score, the Texans took over at their own 46-yard line after Brian Cushing intercepted Tannehill. The Texans converted two third downs on the ensuing drive, setting up an Arian Foster 14-yard touchdown run with 1:58 until halftime.
After the Texans' kickoff, Tannehill was intercepted on the first play of the drive; this time, it was Kareem Jackson with the pick. The new drive started at the Miami 27, and on the first play, Miami cornerback Richard Marshall was called for pass interference in the end zone.
Two plays later, Foster ran it in from two yards out for his second touchdown with 49 seconds left.
The Dolphins started another drive against the clock, this one at their own 30-yard line. And on the first play, running back Daniel Thomas fumbled. Danieal Manning recovered for the Texans at the 31. This time, the Texans scored on three plays, capped by a Matt Schaub 14-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson with seven seconds left.
Somehow, it could have been worse for the Dolphins. Just one drive earlier, Tannehill threw an interception near midfield that Jonathan Joseph returned down to the Dolphins 14-yard line. But Miami center Mike Pouncey was called for unnecessary roughness on the return, so Houston started a first-and-goal drive at the 7-yard line.
The Dolphins' defense stood tall and forced Houston to kick a field goal, which Shayne Graham made from 35 yards.
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