Dolphins 10

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Texans 30

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 9, 2012

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 3 0 7 010
HOU 0 24 3 330

Top Performers

Passing: M. Schaub (HOU) - 266 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: A. Foster (HOU) - 26 CAR, 79 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Johnson (HOU) - 8 REC, 119 YDS, 1 TD

Arian Foster has 2 TDs as Texans silence Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Houston's defense flattened Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins in minutes.

Arian Foster had two touchdown runs, Matt Schaub threw a TD pass to Andre Johnson, and Houston overwhelmed the rookie quarterback in the Texans' 30-10 win over Miami on Sunday.

Tannehill, the eighth overall pick in the draft, completed 20 of 36 passes for 219 yards in his NFL debut. But he threw three interceptions in a game-turning stretch late in the first half, and the Texans marched to an impressive opening win in what they believe can be a Super Bowl season.

"We were explosive as a team in that period of the second quarter," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said of his defense's six minutes of opportunism.

Defensive end J.J. Watt deflected two passes that resulted in interceptions and also had 1½ sacks. The 6-foot-5 Watt, Houston's first-round draft pick in 2011, missed most of training camp with a dislocated left elbow.

"I know I have long arms," Watt said. "You can't get a sack every play, so you might as well try to bat the ball."

Schaub threw for 266 yards in his first action since fracturing his right foot in Week 10 last year, and Johnson finished with 119 yards receiving. Schaub announced after the game that he had signed a four-year contract extension that will keep him here through the 2016 season.

"I'm excited for it to be done and over with so every ounce of focus and energy can be directed to this season," said Schaub, whose previous contract was due to expire after this season.

Marcus Thigpen returned a punt 72 yards for Miami's touchdown. The Dolphins gained only 275 total yards.

Tannehill was still encouraged.

"I felt like we hurt ourselves more than they really just stopped us," Tannehill said. "That's a good defense. So being able to move the ball on a good defense like that gives us some confidence. Obviously, we have to fix a lot of things and eliminate those turnovers. But I think it gives us a look at what we could be if we played to our full potential."

Referee Don King called a penalty on "Texas" in the first half, drawing laughter from the fans. Otherwise, the replacement officials avoided any major slip-ups in Houston.

The Texans, who've boldly adopted a "Super Bowl or Bust" mantra, came out sluggish. They dropped passes and missed tackles early and trailed 3-0 in the second quarter. The team unfurled a red, white and blue "2011 AFC South Champions" banner before the game, but the impatient fans were already booing after another drive stalled in the second period.

"It wasn't pretty," Schaub said. "Anyone in our locker room can tell you that we can play much better than we did today."

The Texans got the kick-start they needed from their defense, the catalyst for last year's playoff drive.

Pro Bowl cornerback Johnathan Joseph started the flurry of Miami turnovers when he intercepted Tannehill and weaved 36 yards down the sideline. Mike Pouncey shoved Joseph out of bounds for a personal foul, setting up Houston at the Miami 7.

Shayne Graham tied it with a 35-yard field goal. On Miami's next series, Watt deflected Tannehill's pass at the line, and Brian Cushing came down with another interception. Schaub converted a third down with a 24-yard pass to Johnson, and Foster weaved for a 14-yard touchdown to put Houston in front.

Watt swatted Tannehill's next pass and cornerback Kareem Jackson came down with it at the Miami 27. Richard Marshall then was called for pass interference and Foster plowed into the end zone from the 1.

Tannehill handed off on Miami's next play from scrimmage, but that didn't work for the floundering Dolphins, either. Daniel Thomas fumbled and Danieal Manning recovered at the Dolphins 31 with 28 seconds left before halftime. Schaub threw a pinpoint pass to the end zone for Johnson, who outmuscled Sean Smith for a 24-3 halftime lead.

"I liked the way we were able to work through our uneasiness early in the game," Kubiak said, "and be a darn good football team there in the second quarter."

Thomas, Miami's second-leading rusher last season, left with a head injury and did not return. Miami's Joe Philbin, in his NFL head coaching debut, said after the game that he had no new information about Thomas' injury.

Graham added 40- and 19-yard field goals after Thigpen's punt return.

Game notes

Miami's Reggie Bush rushed for 69 yards on 14 carries for Miami. ... Johnson has 39 career 100-yard receiving games. ... Texans LB Tim Dobbins left with a neck injury. ... The announced attendance was 71,566, the second-largest crowd for a Texans home game. The record crowd is 71,585, set against Pittsburgh last Oct. 2.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1519
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5868
Total Yards275337
Yards per play4.75.0
Total Drives1313
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

miaFG3:17Dan Carpenter 39 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 37 yds, 3:58
houFG6:16Shayne Graham 35 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, -10 yds, 1:11
houTD1:58Arian Foster 14 Yard Run (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 54 yds, 2:07
houTD0:49Arian Foster 2 Yard Run (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 27 yds, 0:53
houTD0:12Andre Johnson 14 Yard Pass From Matt Schaub (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 31 yds, 0:21
miaTD13:30Marcus Thigpen 72 Yard Punt Return (Dan Carpenter Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 72 yds, 0:00
houFG6:35Shayne Graham 40 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 64 yds, 6:42
houFG12:25Shayne Graham 19 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 72 yds, 6:59

Research Notes

The disparate play between opposing quarterbacks was a big part of the Texans' win on Sunday. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was 4-6 for 78 yards and a touchdown targeting star receiver Andre Johnson at least 11 yards downfield. Johnson finished with 8 total catches for 119 yards on the day and Schaub registered a 73.4 Total QBR. On the other side, Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw all 3 of his interceptions on throws 5 or fewer yards downfield and finished with a 3.1 Total QBR.

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