Recapping the Texans perfect history against the Dolphins
On Sunday, the Texans will take the field in Miami looking to keep an unusual record in tact. This is the 14th season of the Texans franchise, and it will be their eighth meeting against the Miami Dolphins. In the previous seven meetings, the Texans have a 7-0 record. Yes, even back during the first few years of the franchise when David Carr was getting battered behind subpar offensive lines, the Texans still found ways to take down the Dolphins.
The first meeting between the two teams was a week one matchup in 2003 at Pro Player Stadium. The Dolphins came in heavy favorites after the Texans finished their inaugural season at 4-12. But the Texans turned the tables as Carr hit Corey Bradford for a 78 yard touchdown and Kris Brown made 5/7 field goals, including a go-ahead 35 yarder with 25 seconds left to win the game for the Texans.
It was the first of five games between the two decided by one possession.
The teams didn’t see each other again until 2006 when the Dolphins came to Reliant Stadium for the first time. The Dolphins led 6-3 heading into the fourth but back to back touchdowns for the Texans, a one yard run by David Carr and a three yard touchdown pass from Carr to Andre Johnson put the Texans up 17-6. Miami got a field goal and a late touchdown from Daunte Culpepper to Chris Chambers to pull them within 17-15, but they could not convert on a two point attempted and the Texans held on to win again.
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The teams met again in Reliant Stadium the next season, and it was another one that went down to the wire. Both touchdowns were scored in the first quarter, which ended with the Dolphins up 10-7. But Kris Brown came up big once again, as he made 5/5 field goals, including a 57 yarder to win the game at the gun 22-19.
In 2008 the Dolphins came back to Houston for the third straight year, and the Texans found a way to win yet again. Patrick Cobbs caught two long touchdowns from Chad Pennington to give the Dolphins a 14-3 lead, but the Texans came back with a punt return touchdown by Jacoby Jones and a touchdown from Matt Schaub to Andre Johnson to take a 20-14 lead. Ronnie Brown scored the go-ahead touchdown to put the Dolphins up 28-23 with 1:45 to go. But Schaub scored on a three yard touchdown run with three seconds left to give the Texans the 29-28 win.
In 2009 the series shifted back to Miami, but things went no better for the Dolphins. Houston got up 27-0 before the Dolphins got a field goal at the end of the first half to make it 27-3. The fins tried to come back in the second half, but their rally fell short as Houston held on 27-20.
Their next meeting was back in Miami in 2011, the first year the Texans went to the playoffs. Once again Houston jumped out to an early lead and never trailed in the game. Neil Rackers hit three field goals and Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels caught touchdowns to propel the Texans to a 23-13 win.
Their most recent meeting was in week one of 2012 in Houston. With the game tied 3-3 with two minutes left in the half, the Texans scored three touchdowns in under two minutes to go to half up 24-3. Arian Foster ran for two scores and Andre Johnson caught the other. Marcus Thigpen returned a punt 72 yards to get the Dolphins on the board again but it was far from enough as the Texans prevailed 30-10. In the cover photo Johnathan Joseph is seen running back an interception in that game.
On Sunday, we’ll see if the eighth time is the charm for the Dolphins or if the Texans can maintain their unblemished record against their Miami counterparts.