Keenum Leads Texans to Victory
Case Keenum made a triumphant return to the field as he started his first game since Week 17 of the season. Filling in for the injured Stroud, Keenum showcased his skills and threw for an impressive 229 yards. He played a key role in helping the Houston Texans outgain the Tennessee Titans 340-204. The Texans’ offense stalled near the goal line, but Keenum’s performance was instrumental in driving the team to their lone touchdown, tying the game at 16 and forcing overtime. Keenum’s connection with Noah Brown for a 3-yard TD pass sealed the deal for the Texans.
Titans Rookie Quarterback Injured
The Titans’ rookie quarterback, Will Levis, suffered a setback during the game. In overtime, Levis was sacked for the seventh time, with his left leg caught underneath him in the pile. He had to be helped off the field and was unable to put pressure on his leg initially. However, he was later seen jogging on the sideline after being checked in the medical tent.
Fairbairn’s Return Boosts Texans
Kicker Fairbairn made a triumphant return to the field after missing the last five games due to an injured quadriceps muscle. His presence proved vital for the Texans as he successfully made field goals of 23, 27, and an impressive 53 yards. With the offense struggling near the goal line, Fairbairn’s accurate kicks helped the Texans claw their way back into the game and ultimately secure the victory.
Titans’ Throwback Day Spoiled
The Titans had a special day planned, wearing throwback uniforms in honor of their former team, the Houston Oilers. The Texans, however, were determined to spoil the occasion. Despite the Titans’ nostalgic attire and tributes to the Oilers, the Texans emerged as the victors. The loss not only dampened the Titans’ throwback celebration but also ensured the team’s second consecutive losing season under coach Mike Vrabel.
Coach Vrabel paid homage to the Oilers’ legacy by wearing a cowboy hat throughout the day, reminiscent of former Oilers coach Bum Phillips. Additionally, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell, along with current rushing leader Eddie George and running back Derrick Henry, attended the game and shared a special moment pregame.
Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, a legendary player for the Oilers, was honored during halftime as he was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.