Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wrap-up: Texans 27, Dolphins 20
By Tim Graham
The Miami Dolphins will look back on Weeks 15 and 16 and wonder how they could sleepwalk into a pair of critical games.
With their postseason prayers at stake, the Dolphins were overwhelmed early for a second straight week and couldn't recover, losing 27-20 to the Houston Texans in Land Shark Stadium.
The Dolphins almost survived a similarly poor start last week against the Tennessee Titans, but they've lost two games in a row and three of their five games since Thanksgiving.
The Texans were relentless in the first half. They scored all of their 27 points before the Dolphins managed any. Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes, and running back Arian Foster ran another one in.
In the second half, as they did last week against the Tennessee Titans, the Dolphins put up a fight. But not enough to overcome their poor start.
Chad Henne threw 52 times to beat the New England Patriots three weeks ago and to give the Dolphins revitalized hope after starting the season 0-3. Henne fired a career-high 55 attempts, completing 35 of them for 322 yards and one touchdown with one interception.
Ricky Williams was ineffective before injuring his shoulder in the third quarter. He ran 10 times for 35 yards. Lex Hilliard scored on a Wildcat-type handoff from Pat White to get the Dolphins within 10 in the fourth quarter.