Not all things are negative when it comes to the 2021 Houston Texans. In Week 14 there was a positive franchise record set by kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks.
The record set was the longest field goal in franchise history with the kick sailing 61 yards for three points with four seconds remaining in the second quarter. The made field goal put the Texans to within three points of the Seahawks at 16-13 for the score at halftime, and now sits at the top of the Houston record book.
Houston’s previous record for longest field goal was set by two kickers, those being Kris Brown in 2007 and Neil Rackers in 2010 as they each had a 57-yard field goal while wearing a Texans uniform.
Below is the record-setting kick by Fairbairn as provided by the official Texans twitter page:
Texans kicker leaves scores 7 points in first half vs. Seattle
The kick by Fairbairn was a no doubter and Seattle wide receiver D.J. Metcalf was just in front of the goal post, watching the ball sail through the uprights at NRG Stadium. This was the second field goal of the game for Fairbairn as the kicker made a 21-yard field goal earlier in the second quarter.
It is finally fun to see the Texans be competitive in the first half and a big part of that has been the kicking of Fairbairn. He also made an extra point in the game, so he was responsible for seven points in the first two quarters.
Going into the game Fairbairn had made 75-percent of his field goal attempts this season. He was 1-of-3 from 50-plus yards, with his previous 2021 season best field goal being 53 yards.
Again, seeing success from Fairbairn is a great thing to have from the Houston Texans, and who knows how important he will continue to be in this game if they keep the score close?