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Thomas wins homecoming as Texans escape Denver 19-17

DENVER (AP) For the first time in his life, Demaryius Thomas celebrated Brandon McManus missing a field goal.

Thomas won his hasty homecoming Sunday when his ex-teammate's windless 51-yard attempt drifted wide right, allowing the Houston Texans to escape Denver with 19-17 win .

''We wanted him to walk out there as a captain and we wanted him to walk off the field as a winner,'' J.J. Watt said of Thomas, whom the Texans (6-3) acquired five days earlier from the Broncos (3-6).

Only, Thomas lost the coin flip and didn't exactly walk off the field a winner - he sprinted.

''I think that's the fastest I ran all day,'' Thomas said. ''I ran inside. We got that W.''

DeShaun Watson targeted Thomas three times and Thomas caught all three for 61 yards, including back-to-back grabs for 31 and 18 yards on Houston's opening touchdown drive.

But he stood to be the goat after a series of fourth-quarter follies that including a false start, lining up in the wrong spot - even having to run over and ask Watson what to do - and having to burn a timeout.

''I messed up a couple of times and I felt like it would have been on me if we didn't get that W,'' Thomas said.

''He was hearing one thing and doing the opposite,'' Watson said. ''I had to make sure he was on the same page as me. He did a good job. Some things we are going to fix.''

The Texans joined the 1970 New York Giants as the only teams since the merger to win six straight following an 0-3 start.

McMANUS' MISSES

McManus' second miss of the game came after Case Keenum completed an 18-yard pass between two defenders to Emmanuel Sanders on fourth-and-8 from the Denver 45-yard line with under a minute left.

''Terrible kicks,'' McManus said. ''Even the 62-yarder, it was terrible.''

Broncos coach Vance Joseph blamed himself for the first miss, saying he got greedy. It backfired when the Texans got the ball in Broncos territory and 18 seconds left in the first half and Ka'imi Fairbairn nailed a 46-yard do-over for a 16-10 Houston halftime lead after his errant attempt was wiped away because Joseph had called timeout to ice him.

Joseph said he didn't try to get closer for McManus' game-winning attempt because the Broncos had already reached their ''line to go'' inside the 35.

''I was totally confident in Brandon,'' Miller said. ''From 62 and 51, my money's on Brandon. He's our sniper. He's our brother. It's one of the hardest positions in pro sports. Sometimes you just can't put it through the uprights.''

Said Keenum: ''I knew Brandon was going to make it and I still know he's going to make it when we give him that chance again. I think he's the best kicker in the league.''

Keenum threw a 5-yard pass to tight end Jeff Heuerman, who had a career-best 10 catches for 83 yards and then running back Phillip Lindsay lost a yard, leaving McManus with a 51-yard attempt.

After the Broncos took a 17-16 lead on Keenum's 12-yard dart to Heuerman between two defenders, Fairbairn put the Texans back ahead with a 37-yard field goal with 14:06 remaining.

It turned out to be the game-winner when McManus missed again.

''Seeing the kick go wide right was a breath of fresh air,'' Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu said.

Particularly for Thomas.

THOMAS TRIBUTE

Thomas had started all 114 games for the Broncos since Jan. 8, 2012, when he caught an 80-yard touchdown pass from Tim Tebow on the first snap of overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-23.

This time, he drew loud ovations when he emerged from the tunnel for pregame stretch and again during a video tribute after ''The Star-Spangled Banner.''

Outside the stadium, the Broncos put up a giant ''Thank you, D.T." banner at the bottom of a 10-story-high image of Thomas next to one of Von Miller, who said last week it was ''super weird'' not having Thomas as a teammate anymore.

After Thomas lost the coin toss, Denver deferred and Thomas went right to work , catching consecutive passes covering 31 and 18 yards as the Texans took a quick 7-0 lead on Watson's 7-yard TD pass to tight end Jordan Thomas .

Watson's 36th career TD throw was a 16-yarder to DeAndre Hopkins that put Houston ahead 13-3. The only other quarterbacks in NFL history to have 35 or more TD passes in their first 16 NFL games were Hall of Famers Kurt Warner and Dan Marino.

INJURY REPORT

Texans: OLB Duke Ejiofor left in the first half with a shoulder injury.

Broncos: Center Matt Paradis broke his right fibula when Keenum rolled up on him just before halftime. Paradis had never missed a snap in his four-year career and appeared in line for a contract extension with the money the Broncos saved by trading Thomas.

''It's a huge loss,'' Joseph said, ''losing one of our captains and a guy who's played a lot of football for us.''

UP NEXT

Texans: Travel to Washington on Nov. 18 after a bye.

Broncos: Visit Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 18 after a bye.

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Key Players
D. Watson 4 QB
213 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 38 RuYds
23
FPTS
C. Keenum 4 QB
290 PaYds, PaTD
17
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 14:11
K.Fairbairn 37 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
13
plays
56
yds
6:51
pos
19
17
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:57
B.McManus extra point is GOOD Center-C.Kreiter Holder-C.Wadman.
plays
yds
pos
16
17
Touchdown 5:57
C.Keenum pass short middle to J.Heuerman for 12 yards TOUCHDOWN.
12
plays
81
yds
5:56
pos
16
16
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:03
K.Fairbairn 46 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
3
plays
20
yds
00:18
pos
16
10
Point After TD 5:33
B.McManus extra point is GOOD Center-C.Kreiter Holder-C.Wadman.
plays
yds
pos
13
10
Touchdown 5:33
D.Booker right end for 14 yards TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
87
yds
2:30
pos
13
9
Missed Point After Touchdown 11:05
K.Fairbairn extra point is No Good Wide Right Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
plays
yds
pos
13
3
Touchdown 11:05
D.Watson pass deep right to D.Hopkins for 16 yards TOUCHDOWN.
3
plays
22
yds
1:19
pos
13
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:47
B.McManus 44 yard field goal is GOOD Center-C.Kreiter Holder-C.Wadman.
8
plays
25
yds
3:12
pos
7
3
Point After TD 10:53
K.Fairbairn extra point is GOOD Center-J.Weeks Holder-T.Daniel.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 10:53
D.Watson pass short left to J.Thomas for 7 yards TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
75
yds
4:07
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 32:29 27:31
1st Downs 17 19
Rushing 4 5
Passing 11 13
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 4-13 5-14
4th Down Conv 0-1 2-2
Total Net Yards 290 348
Total Plays 61 64
Avg Gain 4.8 5.4
Net Yards Rushing 98 75
Rush Attempts 33 20
Avg Rush Yards 3.0 3.8
Net Yards Passing 192 273
Comp. - Att. 17-24 26-42
Yards Per Pass 8.0 6.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-21 2-17
Penalties - Yards 7-60 8-50
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 2 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 6-48.3 5-44.0
Return Yards 16 17
Punts - Returns 2-16 6-17
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 3/4 3/5
Extra Points 1/2 2/2
Field Goals 2/2 1/3
Red Zone Eff. 2-4 -50% 2-2 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-0 -0% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Texans 6-3 790319
Broncos 3-6 377017
192 PASS YDS 273
98 RUSH YDS 75
290 TOTAL YDS 348
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Watson 4 QB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.8% 213 2 0 125.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.9% 2389 17 7 100.8
D. Watson 17/24 213 2 0 23
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Blue 28 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 39 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
94 297 1
A. Blue 15 39 0 7 3
D. Watson 4 QB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 38 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
50 268 1
D. Watson 6 38 0 8 23
L. Miller 26 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
125 525 2
L. Miller 12 21 0 9 4
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Hopkins 10 WR
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 10 105 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 63 894 7
D. Hopkins 12 10 105 1 16 16
D. Thomas 87 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 61 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 39 463 3
D. Thomas 3 3 61 0 31 6
L. Miller 26 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 105 1
L. Miller 2 2 27 0 16 4
R. Griffin 84 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 153 0
R. Griffin 2 1 13 0 13 1
J. Thomas 83 TE
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 7 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 127 3
J. Thomas 1 1 7 1 7 6
J. Akins 88 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 89 0
J. Akins 3 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Reid 20 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-9 2 0.0
J. Reid 9-1 0.0 0 0
T. Mathieu 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
44-8 2 2.0
T. Mathieu 6-0 0.0 0 0
K. Jackson 25 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-10 2 0.0
K. Jackson 4-0 0.0 0 0
B. Dunn 92 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-6 0 0.0
B. Dunn 4-2 0.0 0 1
B. McKinney 55 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-22 0 1.0
B. McKinney 4-3 0.0 0 0
S. Wright 43 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-2 0 0.0
S. Wright 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Watt 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-7 0 9.0
J. Watt 2-0 1.0 0 0
W. Mercilus 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-10 0 1.0
W. Mercilus 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Moore 33 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
A. Moore 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Scarlett 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
B. Scarlett 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Tyson 34 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
M. Tyson 2-0 0.0 0 0
N. Jamerson 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
N. Jamerson 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Clowney 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-4 0 5.0
J. Clowney 1-0 1.0 0 0
A. Blackson 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 1.0
A. Blackson 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Reader 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-5 0 2.0
D. Reader 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Keyes 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Keyes 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Peters 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
B. Peters 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Howell 38 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
B. Howell 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Covington 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-5 0 0.0
C. Covington 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
K. Fairbairn 7 K
7
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 1/2
SEASON FG XP
19/22 21/22
K. Fairbairn 2/2 46 1/2 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Daniel 8 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 51.2 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
43 44.5 22
T. Daniel 6 51.2 4 61
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Ervin 21 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 8.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
21 8.3 27 0
T. Ervin 2 8.0 16 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Keenum 4 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.9% 290 1 0 90.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.6% 2400 11 10 83.9
C. Keenum 26/42 290 1 0 17
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
P. Lindsay 30 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 60 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
110 591 3
P. Lindsay 17 60 0 22 8
D. Booker 23 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 15 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 144 1
D. Booker 3 15 1 14 5
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Heuerman 82 TE
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 10 83 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 217 2
J. Heuerman 11 10 83 1 14 14
C. Sutton 14 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 57 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 381 2
C. Sutton 5 3 57 0 22 5
E. Sanders 10 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 6 47 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 56 707 3
E. Sanders 9 6 47 0 18 4
M. LaCosse 83 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 44 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 128 0
M. LaCosse 1 1 44 0 44 4
P. Lindsay 30 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 160 1
P. Lindsay 3 2 24 0 12 8
T. Patrick 81 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 1 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 73 1
T. Patrick 4 1 17 0 17 1
A. Janovich 32 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 52 0
A. Janovich 1 1 9 0 9 0
D. Booker 23 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 158 0
D. Booker 4 2 9 0 8 5
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Davis 51 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-19 1 0.0
T. Davis 9-1 0.0 0 0
B. Chubb 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-8 0 8.0
B. Chubb 5-1 1.0 0 0
D. Wolfe 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-6 1 1.0
D. Wolfe 4-0 1.0 0 0
A. Gotsis 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-6 0 0.0
A. Gotsis 4-0 0.0 0 0
T. Brock 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 0.0
T. Brock 3-0 0.0 0 0
C. Harris 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-5 1 1.0
C. Harris 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Jewell 47 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-8 0 0.0
J. Jewell 3-0 0.0 0 0
W. Parks 34 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-7 0 0.0
W. Parks 2-2 0.0 0 0
V. Miller 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-15 0 9.0
V. Miller 2-0 1.0 0 0
D. Walker 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
D. Walker 2-1 1.0 0 0
S. Cravens 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
S. Cravens 2-1 0.0 0 0
S. Harris 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-7 0 0.0
S. Harris 2-0 0.0 0 0
Z. Kerr 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-10 0 1.0
Z. Kerr 2-2 0.0 0 0
J. Heuerman 82 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Heuerman 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Ray 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 1.0
S. Ray 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Barrett 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-3 0 2.0
S. Barrett 1-0 0.0 0 0
I. Yiadom 41 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
I. Yiadom 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Simmons 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-9 2 0.0
J. Simmons 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Parker 89 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Parker 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Peko Sr. 94 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-7 0 0.0
D. Peko Sr. 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. McManus 8 K
5
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
13/16 22/22
B. McManus 1/3 44 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Wadman 3 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 47.2 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
27 43.3 9
C. Wadman 5 47.2 1 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Jones 24 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 2.4 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 2.5 10 0
A. Jones 5 2.4 10 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 HOU 25 4:07 8 75 TD
9:27 HOU 31 1:33 3 -9 Punt
4:42 HOU 25 6:05 12 55 Downs
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:18 DEN 22 1:19 3 22 TD
9:35 HOU 30 1:32 3 9 Punt
5:33 HOU 25 3:51 6 13 Punt
0:18 DEN 48 0:18 3 20 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:22 HOU 23 1:29 3 7 Punt
5:57 HOU 25 6:51 13 56 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:58 HOU 21 1:43 3 7 Punt
7:10 HOU 10 3:41 6 25 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:53 DEN 25 1:26 3 1 Punt
7:54 DEN 49 3:12 8 25 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:37 DEN 20 1:13 2 3 Fumble
11:05 DEN 25 1:30 3 8 Punt
8:03 DEN 13 2:30 4 87 TD
1:42 DEN 5 1:24 9 51 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DEN 25 1:38 3 8 Punt
11:53 DEN 19 5:56 12 81 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:06 DEN 25 2:08 3 -5 Punt
10:15 DEN 27 3:05 6 26 Punt
3:29 DEN 14 3:29 14 53 FG Miss