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Houston Texans Use 24 Point Second Quarter to Beat Miami Dolphins

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After a sluggish first quarter, the Houston Texans thoroughly dominated the Miami Dolphins with a 24-point second quarter en route to a 30-10 win on Sunday.

The Dolphins took a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter with a Dan Carpenter 39-yard field goal. The Dolphins appeared to be holding their own by keeping the Texans scoreless for most of the second quarter as well.

Then the wheels fell off for Miami. Ryan Tannehill threw the first of his three interceptions about halfway through the quarter. Jonathan Joseph jumped a route and he returned the pick from midfield to the Miami 14 yard line.  Four plays later the Texans tied the game with a 35-yard field goal.

Miami’s next possession ends with another turnover.  Tannehill’s pass on a 3rd and 10 at the Houston 44 was deflected by J.J. Watt and intercepted by Brian Cushing. A 7 play 54 yard drive was capped off by an Arian Foster 14 yard touchdown run giving the Texans a 10-3 lead.

Tannehill’s second quarter gets even worse: on the Dolphins first play after the Foster touchdown, he’s intercepted for the third time in three series. Tannehill’s pass was again deflected by J.J. Watt and intercepted by Kareem Jackson.  The Texans drive again ended with an Arian Foster touchdown run extended their lead to 17-3.

The Dolphins misfortunes continued on the kickoff when it was fumbled and the Texans got the ball at the Miami 31 yard line with 28 seconds left in the half. Matt Schaub just needed three plays to get the ball to Andre Johnson for a 14 yard touchdown reception. As it hit halftime, the Dolphins gave up 24 points in 6:12 and were out of the game 24-3.

Matt Schaub threw for 266 yards and 1 touchdown. Arian Foster rushed for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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