Houston (10-4) looked flat in its 28-13 loss to the Panthers (5-9) on Sunday, Dec. 18, and had its seven-game winning streak snapped.
"We obviously weren't ready to play and that starts with me," Gary Kubiak, Texans head coach, said. "We got burned in the first half."
So burned that fans booed Houston at halftime. Hard to blame them, especially since the Texans were down 21-0.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, a former Heisman trophy winner out of Auburn, finished with 149 yards and two touchdowns. Texans quarterback T.J. Yates, on the other hand, finished with 212 yards and two glaring interceptions.
Linebackers coach Reggie Herring, who stepped in to make defensive plays for coordinator Wade Phillips, who's on medical leave, watched Houston set the franchise single-season sack record with the 38th of the year when Earl Mitchell tackled Newton in the first quarter.
Herring also saw a defense that couldn't create a turnover for the first time this season.
"I just think the overall theme of the day was, we gave up big plays and there were discipline parts of the game that we were not very disciplined on, as we have been throughout the year," Herring said. "We obviously didn't execute very well."
Texans running back Arian Foster became the fifth player in NFL history to surpass 1,000 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards in consecutive seasons. He topped 600 receiving yards on the year with his fifth catch of the day, a 22-yard gain in the fourth quarter, which gave him 601 yards on the season.
Texans travel to Indianapolis on Thursday, Dec. 22 for their battle with the Colts. It's a game Newsfix will simulcast at 7 p.m. on channel 39.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times