Texans-Giants live updates: Houston falls to New York, 24-16

The Texans failed to get back in the win column against a playoff contender.

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The Houston Texans continued to close in on the top pick in the NFL draft on Sunday, dropping to a league-worst 1-7-1 with a 24-16 loss to the New York Giants.

Giants beat Texans, 24-16 | Final

The Houston Texans failed to capitalize when they had their chances, and trailed for most of the day against the New York Giants. Graham Gano made a 49-yard field goal with 1:55 left to help seal a 24-16 victory for New York.

Texans need a stop late | 4Q

A late field goal by Texans kicker Kai'imi Fairbairn has brought Houston within a score, as the Giants lead 24-16 with just over two minutes left. The Texans' onside kick attempt was unsuccessful, but with two timeouts left, they still have a chance to get the ball back one more time.

Brandin Cooks TD catch wiped out by penalty, Davis Mills picked off | 4Q

The Houston Texans appeared to give their comeback hopes a boost on a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Davis Mills to embattled receiver Brandin Cooks. However, the score was nullified by a holding penalty, and Mills threw an interception on the next play. The New York Giants lead 21-10 with just under 10 minutes remaining.

Giants up double-digits in high-scoring third quarter | 3Q

Scoring certainly hasn't been at a premium in the second half, with the Texans and Giants combining for 21 points in the third quarter after scoring a total of 10 in the first half. Saquon Barkley put New York back up 11 on a two-yard touchdown run with 2:21 left in the quarter.

Nico Collins #12 of the Houston Texans reacts after a touchdown during the third quarter in the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 13, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Nico Collins #12 of the Houston Texans reacts after a touchdown during the third quarter in the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 13, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Texans answer back, Mills TD pass to Collins cuts gap to four | 3Q

After suffering a setback on the opening drive of the second half, the Houston Texans had an answer of their own. Houston rattled off a seven-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, with Davis Mills connecting with Nico Collins from 12 yards out to cut the Giants' lead to 14-10.

New York adds to lead early in second half | 3Q

The Giants didn't waste much time widening their advantage in the second half. On the fifth play of the third quarter, Daniel Jones found Darius Slayton, who made Jalen Pitre miss a tackle on the outside. Slayton then took off for a 54-yard catch-and-run, stretching New York's lead to 14-3.

Texans miss out on opportunities, trail Giants 7-3 | Halftime

The Houston Texans had their chances to pull ahead or cut into the New York Giants' lead in the second quarter, but they couldn't capitalize.

Early in the quarter, rookie running back Dameon Pierce brought Houston into the red zone with three straight runs totaling 61 yards. The offense stalled out, though, gaining zero net yards on the next three plays before settling for a field goal.

The Texans defense then had an opportunity to generate solid field position late in the half, but a defensive holding penalty turned a New York fourth down from its 11-yard line into a first down. They ultimately got the ball back and had a third-and-four from the New York 48-yard line, but a false start and a holding call ended any positive momentum. Houston goes into the half trailing 7-3.

Dameon Pierce gets Houston going | 2Q

Rookie running back Dameon Pierce has built off last week's 139-yard performance with a strong start on Sunday. Pierce has 59 yards on seven carries in a little over a quarter, including a 44-yard scamper that showcased his big-play ability and set up Houston's first points of the day. Kai'imi Fairbairn cut the Giants' lead to 7-3 on a 38-yard field goal with 11:27 left in the second quarter.

Giants thoroughly dominating Texans through one | End 1

As could be expected in a game between two teams on far different paths this season, this one hasn't been close—even if the Giants only lead 7-0. New York out-gained the Texans 113 yards to negative-3 in the first quarter.

Houston struggling early | 1Q

It's not looking good for the Texans early in this one. Through two drives, they have negative-7 yards on six plays. The Giants, meanwhile, have the ball back up 7-0 after a 10-play, 73-yard touchdown drive on their first possession.

Texans look to strike first | 1Q

The Giants won toss and deferred to the second half. Quarterback Davis Mills and the Texans will start the opening drive from the New York 38-yard line.

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How to watch and listen

CBS will carry the television broadcast for Sunday's matchup between the Texans and Giants. The game can be heard on SportsRadio 610 and 100.3 FM in the Houston area.

Betting odds

Despite a fairly significant gap in 2022 results, the Texans enter Sunday's game at just five-point (-110) underdogs on DraftKings. They are listed at +185 (i.e., a $100 bet on Houston to win outright would net $185 in winnings) on the money line. The Giants are -215 on the money line, with the over-under set at 41 1/2 points.

Recent results

The Giants made an unexpected run into the playoff picture with a four-game winning streak, but that was snapped with an underwhelming finish against the Seattle Seahawks two weeks back, as they gave up 14 unanswered points after tying the game early in the fourth quarter. After a week off, they have a perfect bounce-back opportunity against the lowly Texans.

Houston has lost three straight games since picking up its first win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 9, but there were some promising moments in a 29-17 Thursday night loss to the league-leading Philadelphia Eagles. One of these bright spots was the play of rookie running back Dameon Pierce, who erupted for 139 yards on 27 carries, breaking a run of at least 20 yards for the fifth time in the last six games.

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