Houston Texans: Watch defense with big-time stand

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The Houston Texans offense made a big stop against the Carolina Panthers, and in doing so they kept their opponent from adding to their lead, while forcing a turnover on downs.

Carolina opted out of kicking a field goal on fourth down near the end zone. Instead, Panthers head coach Matt Ruhle went for a first down on fourth-and-1, and that’s where Houston’s defense stepped up big-time and made a play that could change the outcome of the Week 3 game.

Houston has had their high moments and low moments so far on Thursday Night Football in Week 3, but to be honest this stop was a surprise, but a welcome one, as Carolina did not have running back Christian McCaffrey on the field. McCaffrey has been ruled out with a hamstring injury suffered in the first half.

Below is the result of the Houston Texans defense playing with all they had and stopping the Panthers from advancing the ball for a first down, all while keeping the Panthers from taking a two-touchdown lead.

The play was Chuba Hubbard running the ball up the middle, but being stopped by Houston Texans linebackers Christian Kirksey and Zach Cunningham.

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The Texans need to be proud of this defensive effort so close to the goal line, so it was good to see the defense give Texans fans something to cheer about.