Sooner or later, every franchise in the NFL has to get their first win. When most teams start out they are not loaded with the kind of talent it takes to incredibly successful. The Houston Texans came into the league in 2002. When and against who did they get their first win against?
The first game in Houston Texans history and their first game in Reliant Stadium ended up also being the first win in franchise history when they defeated their in-state rivals the Dallas Cowboys 19-10 on September 8, 2002.
The game started out great for Houston with David Carr hitting Billy Miller on a 19 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Kicker Kris Brown added a second quarter field goal and after his Cowboys counterpart Billy Cundiff also scored in the the quarter, the Texans went into the lockerroom with a 10-3 halftime lead.
The only score in the third quarter was a 46 yard rushing touchdown by Michael Wiley that knotted the game up at 10 apiece. David Carr would throw the second touchdown pass in Texans history in the fourth quarter though, hooking up with Corey Bradford for a 65 yard score to retake the lead. Houston also added a fourth quarter safety to finish out the game.
Quarterback David Carr finished the game 10 for 22 for 145 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also ran the ball four times for seven yards. The leading rusher for the Texans was James Allen with 19 carries for 56 yards and the leading receiver was Corey Bradford with four catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.
This was a great way for Houston to start out their NFL existence. Not many teams start out with a victory, much less one off of their in-state rivals.