GAME 7: Houston 24, San Francisco 21
70,820 • Reliant Stadium • Houston, Texas • Oct. 25, 2009
The Texans showed the resolve of a veteran team by shutting down
the San Francisco 49ers’ comeback attempt in a 24-21 win at Reliant
After a nearly flawless first half, the Texans saw their 21-0 halftime lead
whittled to three points in the fourth quarter. But on the 49ers’ potential
game-winning drive, S Eugene Wilson picked off QB Alex Smith with
36 seconds on the game clock to preserve Houston’s fourth win of the
The Texans’ defense limited the 49ers to only 50 total net yards of offense
in the fi rst half, but San Francisco responded behind Smith, who
replaced starter Shaun Hill in the third quarter. Smith fi nished with 206
passing yards and three touchdowns to TE Vernon Davis.
Offensively, the Texans struggled to establish a consistent ground
game, but QB Matt Schaub continued his excellent play by completing
20-of-30 passes for 264 yards with two touchdowns. Pro Bowl TE Owen
Daniels, who caught seven passes for a game-high 123 yards and a
touchdown. RB Steve Slaton chipped in with four catches for 22 yards
and a touchdown, while gaining 67 yards on 18 carries with a score.
Slaton opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run on Houston’s
third drive of the game. The Texans went up 14-0 following a muffed punt
by 49ers WR Arnaz Battle at the 10-yard line. Houston WR André Davis
recovered the fumble. Two plays later, Slaton caught a screen pass
and avoided two defenders to score a 9-yard touchdown.
Schaub pushed the lead to 21-0 before halftime when he connected
with Daniels on a perfectly executed play action fake for a 42-yard touchdown.
On the opening drive of the third quarter, Smith put San Francisco on
the scoreboard with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Davis. The 49ers then
converted a Slaton fumble into a 66-yard scoring drive that ended with
Davis’ 14-yard TD reception to cut the defi cit to seven points.
Kris Brown answered with a 50-yard fi eld goal making the score 24-14
with 7:16 left in the game.
In response, Smith led the 49ers 73 yards on seven plays over 3:33 and
completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Davis with 3:43 left in the game
to complete the scoring.