HOUSTON – The Texans were 1 yard away from getting back in the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
“They ain’t getting in. Period,” nose tackle Jay Ratliff recalled thinking.
Ratliff was right. The Texans actually moved backwards 11 yards before settling for a field goal, the equivalent of waving a white flag for a team that was down two touchdowns at the time.
The Cowboys stuffed Arian Foster on first and second downs. Linebacker Keith Brooking committed pass interference against tight end Owen Daniels in the end zone on third down, a penalty that was offset by a holding call on Houston right tackle Eric Winston.
Brooking redeemed himself the next play, coming free on a blitz from the offense’s right side to sack Matt Schaub and essentially seal the Cowboys’ first win of the season. Credit Wade Phillips for scheming to bring six, with no blocker touching Brooking.
“The goal-line stand arguably was the most significant thing in the ballgame,” Jerry Jones said. “That’s a guaranteed momentum changer.”