Houston - The Houston Texans scored touchdowns on their first two possessions to take a 14-6 halftime lead over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at NRG Stadium.
Houston quarterback Brian Hoyer completed his first nine passes and finished the half 15 of 18 for 112 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. Saints safety Jairus Byrd picked Hoyer off in the second quarter, the first interception of Byrd's Saints career. Hoyer's TD passes went 10 yards to tight end Ryan Griffin and three yards to Cecil Shorts.
The Saints got on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a 30-yard Kai Forbath field goal. The score was set up by a 29-yard Mark Ingram run. Ingram finished the half with four carries for 27 yards and had two receptions for 15 yards. Forbath added a 57-yard field goal with 1:12 to play. It was the third longest field goal in Saints history.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees was 13 of 23 for 95 yards. Brees passed 3,000 yards passing in 2015, the 13th time in his career and the 12th consecutive season he has reached that mark.
Brandin Cooks was the top receiver with four catches for 28 yards. Marques Colston had one reception in the half, the 700th in his storied career. He is one of 45 players in NFL history to have at least 700 catches.