Texans 27, Dolphins 20

By the second quarter, the Houston Texans were running up the

score. By the fourth quarter, they were struggling to run out the

clock.

Houston raced to an early 27-point lead Sunday, then held on to

beat the Miami Dolphins 27-20.

The Texans (8-7) scored on their first five possessions and won

despite being outscored 20-0 in the final 31 minutes. Houston kept

alive its slim hopes of making the playoffs for the first time,

while defending AFC East champion Miami (7-8) was all but

eliminated.

Given the stakes, Miami seemed shockingly listless at the

outset. The ball bounced off Dolphins receivers, Texans bounced off

Miami tacklers, and Houston’s Matt Schaub repeatedly found

receivers wide open.