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Sunday, August 24, 2014
Observation Deck: Houston Texans

By Tania Ganguli

The Houston Texans' first-team defense, even without two important starters, was playing terrifically against a very talented Denver Broncos offense. The Texans were ahead 7-3, having sacked and intercepted Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and harried his receivers.

And then, the two-minute warning.

It's a dangerous time to be a defense against Manning, and he proved it. With 1:07 left in the first half, Manning threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders as safety Eddie Pleasant and cornerback A.J. Bouye chased him into the end zone. Then, with five seconds left in the half, Manning threw another touchdown pass to Sanders with the same two Texans defensive backs chasing him.

The Texans had sat some starters by that point, but a majority of the players who started the game finished it, an 18-17 victory pulled out in the final minute on a touchdown pass from Tom Savage to Ryan Griffin and a two-point conversion pass to Travis Labhart.

Here are some other thoughts on the Texans' third preseason game this year: