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NFL: Texans continue winning ways with 23-17 win over Jets

Houston held off a late comeback bid from the New York Jets to maintain their perfect start to the season.

Houston Texans' running back Arian Foster rushes the New York Jets
Houston Texans' running back Arian Foster rushes the New York Jets

The Houston Texans maintained their perfect start to the season with a 23-17 win over the New York Jets last night.

The Texans improved to 5-0, matching the Atlanta Falcons as the competition's only undefeated teams, while the Jets fell to 2-3, joining Buffalo and Miami one game behind AFC East division-leader New England.

Matt Schaub opened the scoring with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Owen Daniels 3:55 into the game but the Jets answered 6:58 later when Mark Sanchez connected with Jeff Cumberland on a 27-yard touchdown pass.

The Texans took a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter when Foster reached the end zone on a 13-yard run.

Houston's Shayne Graham kicked a 27-yard field goal on the last play of the second quarter to give the Texans a 17-7 half-time lead, then added a 42-yarder in the third quarter to put the visitors ahead 20-7.

On the ensuing kickoff, Jets' kick returner Joe McKnight carried the ball back 100 yards for a New York touchdown, trimming Houston's lead to 20-14.

Graham added a 22-yard field goal 13 seconds before the end of the third quarter to give the Texans a 23-14 advantage but Nick Folk kicked a 21-yard field goal for the Jets to lift New York within 23-17 with 11:55 remaining.

The Jets made a late push for a winning touchdown but a deflected Mark Sanchez pass was intercepted by Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson with 1:51 remaining to seal New York's fate.

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