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Texans Come Back to Beat Broncos

Updated: Sunday, August 24 2014, 09:52 PM CDT

Peyton Manning and Emmanuel Sanders found their rhythm after an early miscue, connecting for two long touchdowns in the final 67 seconds of the first half of the Denver Broncos' 18-17 preseason loss to the Houston Texans on Saturday night.

Manning was whistled for taunting following his second TD toss to Sanders. The Broncos said that was apparently the first such penalty in the five-time MVP's career.

Manning ran up to D.J. Swearinger and gave an earful to the Texans' swaggering second-year safety who leveled Wes Welker with a forearm to the face one play earlier. Welker, who has a history of head injuries, was evaluated for a possible concussion.

Swearinger was also at the center of several skirmishes during the teams' three days of intense joint practices during the week.)

With all that work they put in together, both teams treated this third preseason game more like a second exhibition, with many stars getting cameos at best. Neither team sent front-line players out to start the second half for what is traditionally the final regular-season tuneup.

Texans DE J.J. Watt played just part of the first series before donning a baseball cap for the rest of the night, and Denver LB Von Miller played a single series in his first game since tearing his right ACL on Dec. 22. And that was more than fans got to see of top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney, who sat this one out after a helmet-to-helmet hit Wednesday.

Running back Montee Ball started for Denver 19 days after his appendectomy and had four runs for 13 yards and four receptions for 21 yards on Denver's opening drive. That series ended with Matt Prater's 32-yard field goal.

Sanders, who practiced just once since the Broncos' Aug. 7 preseason opener because of a nagging thigh injury, was targeted eight times by Manning and caught five passes for 128 yards and the two TDs.

Manning texted Sanders on Wednesday night telling him he'd better get back in the lineup so they could work on their timing. It was evident all that time off hurt their rhythm when Sanders ran a bad route and backup cornerback A.J. Bouye made the interception at midfield early in the second quarter.

That led to Jonathan Grimes' 1-yard run that gave Houston a 7-3 lead.

Sanders made up for his blunder when he zipped past Bouye and strong safety Eddie Pleasant to haul in Manning's 67-yard touchdown pass with 1:07 left in the first half.

Manning raced into the end zone to congratulate Sanders, a speedy free agent who's replacing Eric Decker.

After the Texans went three-and-out, Manning drove the Broncos 64 yards in three plays, hitting Sanders with a 29-yard TD strike :05 before halftime to put Denver up 17-7. Again, it was Bouye and Pleasant in coverage.

This time, Manning skipped the celebration in the end zone and instead took the opportunity to say something to Swearinger near Houston's sideline. Afterward, Manning spun and jogged to his sideline, where he filled in Denver cornerback Aqib Talib on the exchange.

Manning finished 21 of 27 for 243 yards. Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was 10 of 17 for 80 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Randy Bullock made a 24-yard field goal for Houston. Both Prater (49) and Mitch Ewald (36) missed field goals that would have given Denver a bigger cushion.

Ewald was wide left with 4:30 left. Then, No. 3 quarterback Tom Savage drove the Texans 74 yards, hitting Ryan Griffin for a 31-yard TD with 59 seconds remaining.

After a timeout, the Texans went for 2 points and Savage threw a strike to Travis Labhart right at the goal line to give Houston an 18-17 lead.

Osweiler threw four straight incompletions from his 20-yard line and that was that.
Texans Come Back to Beat Broncos


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Scores & Schedules

August 29, 2015 07:16 GMT

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Friday's Scores

INTERLEAGUE

Final Boston 6 N-Y Mets 4, 10 Innings

Final N-Y Yankees 15 Atlanta 4

Final Arizona 6 Oakland 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Toronto 5 Detroit 3

Final Kansas City 3 Tampa Bay 2

Final Cleveland 3 L.A. Angels 1

Final Texas 4 Baltimore 1

Final Minnesota 3 Houston 0

Final Seattle 2 Chi White Sox 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Pittsburgh 5 Colorado 3

Final Miami 4 Washington 3

Final Philadelphia 7 San Diego 1

Final Milwaukee 5 Cincinnati 0

Final L.A. Dodgers 4 Chi Cubs 1

Final San Francisco 5 St. Louis 4

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Final New England 17 Carolina 16

Final Detroit 22 Jacksonville 17

Final Kansas City 34 Tennessee 10

WNBA BASKETBALL

Final Atlanta 90 Indiana 84

Final Washington 71 Phoenix 63

Final New York 81 Minnesota 68

Final Tulsa 76 Los Angeles 66

Final Seattle 83 San Antonio 69

Saturday's Schedule - All Times EDT

BASEBALL

Detroit at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Boston at N.Y. Mets, 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 7:05 p.m.

San Diego at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Houston at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.

Seattle at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Oakland at Arizona, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.

PRESEASON NFL

Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 4 p.m.

Minnesota at Dallas, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Atlanta at Miami, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.

Washington at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.

Seattle at San Diego, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Green Bay, 8 p.m.

Indianapolis at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

San Francisco at Denver, 9 p.m.

WNBA

New York at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

MLS

Columbus at New York City FC, 4 p.m.

Montreal at Toronto FC, 4 p.m.

New England at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Orlando City, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Houston, 9 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas, 9 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at Colorado, 9 p.m.

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

At Williamsport, Pa.

International Championship: Tokyo vs. Mexicali Baja California, Mexico, 12:30 p.m.

United States Championship: Lewisberry, Pa. vs. Pearland, Texas, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday's Schedule - All Times EDT

BASEBALL

Detroit at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.

Boston at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m.

Colorado at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

San Diego at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 1:35 p.m.

Seattle at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Houston at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Texas, 3:05 p.m.

St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at L.A. Dodgers, 8:08 p.m.

PRESEASON NFL

Houston at New Orleans, 4 p.m.

Arizona at Oakland, 8 p.m.

WNBA

Indiana at Tulsa, 4:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Los Angeles, 7 p.m.

Connecticut at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Washington at Seattle, 9 p.m.

MLS

Portland at Seattle, 5 p.m.

D.C. United at New York, 7 p.m.

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