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Texans running back Arian Foster carries the ball against the Chicago Bears. (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Texans running back Arian Foster carries the ball against the Chicago Bears. (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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THE WIN

  • Improved the Texans’ record to 8-1 on the season, giving the team its best record through nine games in team history.
  • Kept the Texans undefeated against the Bears, improving Houston’s all-time mark to 3-0 against Chicago.
  • Was the fourth consecutive road victory for the Texans, matching a franchise record. Houston previously won four consecutive road games from 12/20/09-10/3/10 and also from 10/23/11-12/11/11.
  • Improved Houston’s all-time record in prime time to 5-8 and improved the team’s record on Sunday Night Football to 2-4.

THE TEXANS OFFENSE

  • Won the time of possession battle for the ninth time this season, holding the ball for 31:09. Houston improved to 46-19 under head coach Gary Kubiak when possessing the ball more than 30 minutes.
  • Outrushed the Bears, 127-115. The Texans improved to 7-0 this season and 44-15 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponents.
  • Ran the ball 35 times in the game and improved to 40-5 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.
  • Helped the team post a positive turnover margin for the seventh time this season, with two giveaways and four takeaways for a plus-two margin. Houston is 7-0 this season when winning the turnover battle.
  • Scored a field goal following a fumble recovery in the first quarter. It was Houston’s 15th takeaway of the season and the 11th time the team scored following a takeaway. Houston has scored 57 points off of its 17 takeaways this season.
  • Opened the scoring for the fifth game this season when K Shayne Graham connected on a 20-yard field goal in the first quarter.
  • Led at the end of the first quarter for the sixth time this season, and at halftime and after three quarters for the eighth time this year.
  • Gained a season-low 215 yards of net offense. The 215 net yards were tied for the sixth-fewest in a victory in franchise history. Houston also gained 215 yards in wins at Jacksonville on 11/27/11.
  • Scored a season-low 13 points. The 13 points were tied for the second-fewest scored in a victory in franchise history. Houston scored 12 points in a win over Buffalo in 2003 (12-10, 11/16/03) and has scored 13 points in victories twice before, most recently on 12/14/08 vs. Tennessee, a 13-12 win.

THE TEXANS DEFENSE

  • Held Chicago to six points in the game. That point total was tied for the fourth-fewest points allowed in a game in team history. Houston has held its opponent to six points on six previous occasions, most recently on 10/4/09 vs. Oakland.
  • Held an opponent to fewer than 20 points for the seventh time this season and the 17th time over the last two years. Houston improved to 16-1 in those games over the last two years and 39-2 under Kubiak when allowing fewer than 20 points.
  • Limited Chicago’s offense to eight first downs in the game, which is tied for the second-fewest first downs allowed in a game in team history. Houston also allowed eight first downs vs. Oakland on 10/4/09. The franchise record is six allowed at Jacksonville on 12/26/04.
  • Held Chicago to 2-of-13 on third-down attempts in the game, for a 15 percent conversion rate. It was the fourth game this season in which Houston held its opponent to 20 percent or less on third-down conversions.
  • Forced three turnovers in the first quarter, which is the most in team history in the opening period. The Texans have previously forced two turnovers in the first quarter seven times, most recently on 9/11/11 vs. Indianapolis.
  • Forced three turnovers in a single quarter for the third time in team history and the second time this season. Houston forced four turnovers in the second quarter of the season opener vs. Miami (9/9) and forced three turnovers in the fourth quarter at Oakland on 12/3/06.
  • Forced four turnovers (two interceptions, two fumble recoveries) in the first half, to tie a franchise record for turnovers forced in the first half of a game. The Texans also forced four turnovers in the first half against Miami in the 2012 season opener on 9/9/12.

ILB TIM DOBBINS

  • Recovered his first fumble of the season and the fourth of his career when he picked up a fumble on the first play of the game. He returned the fumble 28 yards.

RB JUSTIN FORSETT

  • Turned in his longest run of the season when he picked up 25 yards on a second-quarter carry. It was Forsett’s longest run since 2010 with Seattle.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

  • Scored a touchdown in his 11th consecutive regular-season game when he caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Schaub in the second quarter. The touchdown catch was his second of the season and the sixth of his career.
  • Topped 100 rushing yards for the second consecutive game and the fifth time this season. Foster has run for 100 or more yards 21 times in his career. He finished the game with 102 yards on 29 carries.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM

  • Connected on field goals of 20 and 42 yards. It was his fifth game this season with multiple made field goals.

ILB BRADIE JAMES

  • Recovered a fumble in the first quarter. It was his first fumble recovery as a Texan and the 13th of his career.

CB KAREEM JACKSON

  • Intercepted his fourth pass of the season in the second quarter. It was the seventh interception of his career. Jackson is now tied for fourth with Jason Allen (2010-11) on the franchise’s all-time interception list.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

  • Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 91 with an 11-yard catch in the first quarter.
  • Caught the 750th pass of his career when he hauled in an 8-yard pass in the second quarter. Johnson entered the game with 748 career receptions.
  • Passed Hall of Fame WRs Michael Irvin and Charlie Joiner with his 751st career reception, his third catch of the game.

P DONNIE JONES

  • Boomed a 59-yard punt in the third quarter. He has now had at least one punt of 55 yards or longer in four consecutive games and in eight out of nine games this season.

SS DANIEAL MANNING

  • Forced a fumble on the first defensive play of the game. It was his first forced fumble of the season, his first as a Texan and the seventh of his career.
  • Tied his career high with his second interception of the season when he picked off Chicago QB Jay Cutler in the first quarter. It was his 11th career interception. Manning also had two interceptions in 2006, 2007 and 2011.

FS GLOVER QUIN

  • Forced a fumble in the first quarter. It was his second forced fumble of the season and the second of his career. He also forced a fumble in the season opener vs. Miami (9/9).

QB MATT SCHAUB

  • Won his 40th game as the Texans’ starting quarterback. He improved his record to 40-33 under center for Houston.
  • Tossed his 13th touchdown pass of the season when he hit RB Arian Foster for a 3-yard score in the second quarter.

LG WADE SMITH

  • Started the 75th game of his career.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS

  • Inactive players for the Texans were G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, NT Shaun Cody, TE Owen Daniels, SSTroy Nolan, RB Ben Tate and G Cody White.
  • Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub and Johnson went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.
  • The Bears won the toss and elected to defer their option until the second half.
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