I've seen the issue of "why the Texans didn't throw on first down" brought up in a few different threads. The numbers don't lie--that's just not true. It's hard to believe because the results of those first-down pass attempts were (with only one exception) totally forgettable, BUT... Here's a refresher from the game's stats: (NOTE: Sacks are credited as attempts to pass) FIRST HALF 1) The first offensive play from scrimmage was a dump pass to DD. Series was 3-and-out. 2) Next drive's first play was a 3 yard run to the left by DD. Pick ended the drive before any more first downs. 3) Next drive was 1 play: the DD fumble. 4) Then the touchdown drive. 4 total first downs (3 incomplete passes, 1 complete pass to Wells) 5) On the 1-play drive to end the half, DD ran up the middle on the only down. SECOND HALF 1) Opening drive had 3 first downs (19yd pass to Bruener, a DD run, and a sack). 2) Next drive was split (a DD run and a sack). 3) Third drive was split (a DD run and an INT) 4) Final drive of 3rd Quarter had 1 first down: a 0-yard DD run. 5) Texans' first drive of 4th Quarter featured 2 first down plays: a DD run and a sack/fumble. 6) 3-and-out drive followed, with an incomplete pass on 1st down. 7) Final drive had a Carr scramble and an incomplete pass on 1st downs. Drive ended by INT on the ensuing 2nd down. First half first-down plays: 5 passes/3 runs Second half first-down plays: 7 passes/6 runs* OVERALL ON 1ST DOWN: 12 passes/9 runs* * I counted the scramble as a run, which is obviously debatable, but it doesn't affect the run-more-than-pass debate.