Broncos WR Wes Welker suffered a concussion following a hit by SS D.J. Swearinger, prompting Peyton Manning to get in the DBs face in a rare moment of on-field outrage.
The Houston Texans defeated the Denver Broncos 18-17 in Week 3 of the NFL preseason.
The Broncos started the game with a Matt Praeter FG in the first quarter but gave up the lead in the middle of the 2nd quarter off a TD by Texans RB Jonathan Grimes. But the Broncos came back with 2 TDs in only 62 seconds to take a 17-7 lead into the half. The Texans cut the lead to 17-10 in the 3rd quarter but in the 4th, rookie QB Tom Savage threw a TD pass to WR Ryan Griffin to make it 17-16 Broncos, but then successfully converted the two-point attempt to give them a 18-17 lead and the win.
QB Peyton Manning went 21 of 27 for 243 yards (more than all three Texans QBs combined) and 2 TDs in the first half of the game. His two TDs were both to WR Emmanuel Sanders, who finished the game with 5 receptions for 128 yards as well. A scary moment came when WR Wes Welker suffered a concussion after a hard hit to the head by SS D.J. Swearinger. Welker, who has a history of head injuries, was forced to leave the game. Two plays later, Manning threw a TD pass to Sanders and promptly got in Swearinger’s face, drawing a 15-yard flag.
The Texans offense struggled for most of the game and the defense was without No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney who was sitting out due to an injury. QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick and Case Keenum each had QB ratings around 70, but ultimately rookie Tom Savage was the hero, going 5 of 6 for 68 yards and the game winning TD.