Nick Folk’s fourth field goal of the day was the difference, as the New England Patriots pulled out a 25-22 victory over the Houston Texans on the road Sunday afternoon.
They erased a 13-point second-half deficit to earn the win. The Texans led 22-9 early in the third quarter, but never scored again to fall to 1-4.
Folk, who missed his first kick Sunday (an extra point attempt) blasted home the 21-yard game-winner with 17 seconds left as New England improved to 2-3.
Mac Jones completed 23 of 30 pass attempts for 231 yards and a touchdown. He also had one interception and several near-interceptions in the win.
The Patriots, who trailed for most of the game, evened the score at 22-22 when Jones hit Hunter Henry with a 13-yard, third-down pass to the left side of the end zone with 9:31 left in the game.
Jones opened the second half with an interception, and Houston took advantage. Davis Mills connected on a 37-yard touchdown to Chris Conley on a flea flicker with 13:39 left in the third. Houston led 22-9.
Nick Folk made his second 52-yard field goal with 8:29 left in the third to make it a 22-12 game. He then added a 32-yarder later in the third to cut the deficit to 22-15.
After missing his first two extra point attempts of the game, Ka’imi Fairbairn made a 33-yard field goal to give the Texans a 15-6 lead with 1:37 left in the first half. Folk then answered with his first 52-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 15-9 at halftime.
Damien Harris fumbled into the end zone midway through the second quarter – his second red zone fumble this season – costing the Patriots a touchdown.
Mills connected with Chris Moore for a 67-yard touchdown pass with 12:56 left in the second quarter. Mills’ pass went just over the outstretched hands of J.C. Jackson and Moore scampered into the end zone to give the Texans a 12-6 lead.
Harris scored early in the second quarter when he took the direct snap from the 1 yard line and ran with 14:17 left in the frame. Nick Folk missed the extra point to leave the game tied at 6-6.
The Texans got on the board first, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive when Mills connected with Antony Auclair from 11 yards out with 4:54 left in the first quarter. The drive went 79 yards on 18 plays and took 10:06. The extra point attempt was no good.
Story by Jim Pignatiello, masslive.com