Quick Take: Texans take out Bucs

It was over when ...
Texans tight end Owen Daniels hauled in Sage Rosenfels' third touchdown pass of the game a minute into the fourth quarter. Given a two-score lead, Houston's defense took over from there and kept Tampa Bay from getting into the end zone.

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For having one of the best games of his seven-year career, Rosenfels brings home the honor on the offensive side of the ball. Not only did he complete 75 percent of his throws against what was the NFL's fourth-ranked pass defense, he directed the offense beautifully, helping the Texans gain a 10-minute advantage in time of possession. Defensively for Houston, linebacker Morlon Greenwood was all over the field and put forth a dominant effort with 13 tackles and a sack.

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When it counted most -- on third down -- the Texans executed their offense with precision. They converted 10-of-17 on the pivotal down and consistenly forced a tiring Bucs defense to remain on the field.

Houston running back Ron Dayne was in and out of the lineup with a leg ailment. The Texans also lost offensive lineman Chester Pitts to an injury. ... Luke McCown got his second straight start for Tampa Bay in place of the injured Jeff Garcia. ... Bucs running back Earnest Graham had two touchdowns to give him nine on the season. ... Bucs defensive end Greg White continued his rise from Arena League anonymity with three sacks and two forced fumbles. He now has 8½ sacks on the year.

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