Foreman, Miller help the Houston Texans to 31-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals

D’Onta Foreman rushes for two touchdowns as the Houston Texans defeated the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Blaine Gabbert delivered a solid start but, two late interceptions erase his performance.

Foreman, Miller help the Houston Texans to 31-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals
Tom Savage #3 of the Houston Texans hands the ball to D'Onta Foreman #27 in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at NRG Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Houston, Texas.|Nov. 18, 2017 - Source: Tim Warner/Getty Images North America
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Lamar Miller and rookie D’Onta Foreman combined for 126 yards as the Houston Texans (4-6) defeated the Arizona Cardinals (4-6) 31-21 Sunday in Houston. With the win, the Texans snapped a three-game losing streak.

Foreman delivered two touchdowns for Houston in the winning effort. Foreman would be carted off the field with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals went into halftime with a 14-10 lead. The Texans went on to score 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to solidify their victory.

Running backs shine in victory for Texans

In their first possession of the game for the Texans, running back Lamar Miller scored on a seven-yard pass from Tom Savage to give Houston an early lead. Miller finished the game with 61 rushing yards and 22 receiving yards.

Ka’imi Fairbairn hit a 34-yard field goal just before halftime to bring the Texans within four.

D'Onta Foreman #27 of the Houston Texans runs 34 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals. |Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America|
D'Onta Foreman #27 of the Houston Texans runs 34 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals. |Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America|

Foreman would take over in the fourth quarter, scoring his first career touchdown on a three-yard run and his second on a 34-yard run. Foreman rushed for 65 yards and caught three passes for 15 yards.

DeAndre Hopkins delivered a solid performance, catching four passes for 76 yards with one touchdown. Bruce Ellington emerged as the go-to option for Savage, catching six passes for 63 yards.

Gabbert has impressive debut

Blaine Gabbert #7 of the Arizona Cardinals. |Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America|
Blaine Gabbert #7 of the Arizona Cardinals. |Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America|

In his first game under center for the Cardinals, Blaine Gabbert would go 22-for-34, throwing for 257 yards and three touchdowns. Gabbert’s two interceptions, however, erase what was a great start.

Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals catches a pass in the second quarter defended by Jelani Jenkins #44 of the Houston Texans. |Source: Tim Warner/Getty Images North America|
Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals catches a pass in the second quarter defended by Jelani Jenkins #44 of the Houston Texans. |Source: Tim Warner/Getty Images North America|

Gabbert’s first touchdown came on a 20-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald finished the game with nine receptions for 91 yards. With that performance, Fitzgerald passes Tony Gonzalez for fifth all time on the NFL’s receiving yards’ list.

Gabbert’s next two touchdown would be to tight end Ricky Seals-Jones. Seals-Jones second touchdown gave Arizona a 21-17 lead.

Following Gabbert’s two late interceptions, sealing the Cardinals fate, with Houston handing Arizona a loss.

Dropped passes

A major shakeup could be coming to Arizona’s receiving corps after the loss. Three Cardinal receivers dropped seven passes of their combined 12 targets.

Benardrick McKinney #55 of the Houston Texans hits Adrian Peterson #23 of the Arizona Cardinals behind the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter. |Source: Tim Warner/Getty Images North America|
Benardrick McKinney #55 of the Houston Texans hits Adrian Peterson #23 of the Arizona Cardinals behind the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter. |Source: Tim Warner/Getty Images North America|

With six minutes and 33 seconds left in the game, Arizona Head Coach Bruce Arians decided to go for it on 4th-and-1 deep in Arizona territory. Instead of passing for the first, the Cardinals handed the ball to Adrian Peterson for a run up the middle. Arizona would fail to pick up the score and set up the 34-yard run to Foreman.

“I regret taking the fourth-down play now. It was a bad call and a bad decision,” Arians admitted to Cardinals sideline reporter Paul Calvisi after the game. “I trusted our guys way too much and put the game in their hands at that point. Probably shouldn’t have put it in their hands.”

John Brown and J.J. Nelson were the biggest culprits, with Brown dropping three passes and Nelson dropping two.

"We'll be looking at some different receivers next week," Arians said. A handful dropped passes helped doom the Cardinals and erased Blaine Gabbert's impressive performance.

Up Next

Arizona will start their three game homestand against the Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3).

The Texans will host the Baltimore Ravens (5-5) on Monday Night Football.