Houston Texans trail 49ers at the half


The first half of action is in the book for the Houston Texans as they host the San Francisco 49ers. The Texans looked good early as quarterback Brian Hoyer hit wide out Cecil Shorts III for a 58 yard score in the first quarter.

Houston then took advantage of the new extra point rules which allows the team to either kick the ball from 33 yards out or go for two points from the two yard line. Houston lined up and Hoyer then hit DeAndre Hopkins to make it an 8-0 lead for Hosuton.

In the second quarter the back ups were mostly in as San Francisco quarterback Blane Gabbert hit tight end Garrett Celek for a 10-yard touchdown. Later in the second quarter the Niners scored again as veteran kicker Phil Dawson connected from 37 yards out.

The star of the first half for the Texans was running back Alfred Blue who impressed with 59 yards on nine carries, an average of 6.6 yards per attempt. He also ripped off a 32 yarder as he attempts to cement his role as the top runner with Arian Foster out hurt.

Hoyer finished 2-4 with 67 yards and the one touchdown. Backup Ryan Mallett has completed 10 of 11 passes for 90 yards while leading no scoring drives yet. Mallett has yet to really threaten San Fran deep.

Defensively Bernardrick McKinney is making himself known as he has already been credited with six tackles in the firs half.

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