Texans Prove Sunday Night Football Is Miller Time

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans’ miraculous 26-23 comeback victory in overtime on Sunday Night Football against the AFC South rival Colts will go down as one of the more emotional, and improbable victories in the history of the franchise. The comeback may be placed in the hands of Brock Osweiler, but the true offensive star was running back Lamar Miller.

Miller carried the ball 24 times on Sunday for a season high 149 yards and the Texans first rushing touchdown of the season. Miller also added a second score with a dazzling touchdown catch and run off a screen pass from osweiler  that saw him change directions several times before finding his way in the end zone from 10 yards out with 4:27 to play in the game

“I was just trying to make a play for this team, Miller said. “I know we were down by two scores so once Brock got the ball in my hands, I was just trying to make a play.”

While Miller hasn’t been considered  a disappointment this season like his free agent counter-part Brock Osweiler had been until this point, he had been without a 1o0 yard rushing game since the season opener against Chicago and without a rushing touchdown the entire season. Miller was ecstatic to finally reach paydirt on Sunday.

“It’s been a long time,” Miller said relieved that his and the Texans’ streak without a rushing touchdown had snapped.

Texans Head Coach O’Brien saw the struggles the offense was facing as the couldn’t mount a significant offensive drive in the first half, but he knew during his halftime adjustments that sticking with the run game and getting the ball to Miller was key.

“Lamar offensively was one of the big differences in the game,” O’Brien said. “We felt like he was the guy throughout the game that was probably playing the best on offense so at halftime we said look we got to keep finding ways to get this guy the ball,” O’Brien said.

Miller praised the play of his offensive line throughout his postgame media session, but his left tackle Duane Brown praised the back for his ability to carry the offense on Sunday.

“Lamar ran his tail off tonight,” Brown said ” We wanted to keep chipping away at it and eventually we could break open some big runs and we were able to do that.”

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