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The last time Steve McNair faced Houston, he was so frustrated after the loss he hinted at retirement.
Things were much different for the Tennessee quarterback yesterday, as he threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another to lead his team to a win on the road.
The performance gave him more than 25,000 passing yards for his career. He is the second player in franchise history and the 49th player to reach the mark. Warren Moon became the first when the team was still in Houston.
It was the 100th career win for Titans Coach Jeff Fisher.
McNair aggravated his sternum in a 31-21 loss in Houston last year and missed the final five games before having surgery to fix his chest with a bone graft.
The Texans continued their downward spiral, converting 0 of 13 third downs and managing just one touchdown. They are the only winless team in the league and are 0-4 for the first time in their short history. Houston Pro Bowl WR Andre Johnson left with a strained right calf in the first quarter and never returned.
Tennessee (2-3) led 10-9 early in the third quarter when McNair found Drew Bennett on a 41-yard pass to reach 25,000 yards.
Tennessee: Troupe 10 pass from McNair (Bironas kick), 5:54.
Houston: FG K. Brown 32, 14:38.
Houston: FG K. Brown 38, 7:09.
Tennessee: FG Bironas 52, 2:20.
Houston: FG K. Brown 43, 12:26.
Tennessee: Payton 5 run (Bironas kick), 6:06.
Tennessee: Bennett 16 pass from McNair (Bironas kick), 2:16.
Tennessee: FG Bironas 49, 14:06.
Houston: FG K. Brown 47, 11:32.
Tennessee: McNair 1 run (Bironas kick), 7:45.
Houston: Bradford 3 pass from Carr (Bradford pass from Carr), 1:55.
TitansTexansFirst Downs 2214Total Net Yards 310257Rushes-Yards 31-9028-161Passing 22096Punt Returns 2-83-20Kickoff Returns 4-1457-171Interceptions Ret. 1-30-0Comp-Att-Int 22-31-018-27-1Sacked-Yards Lost 0-07-35Punts 4-46.55-45.4Fumbles-Lost 1-02-0Penalties-Yards 7-656-39Time Of Possession 31:0928:51 RUSHING
Tennessee: C.Brown 22-78, Payton 8-11, McNair 1-1.
Houston: D.Davis 19-130, Carr 5-24, Wells 3-7, Gaffney 1-0.
Tennessee: McNair 22-31-0-220.
Houston: Carr 18-27-1-131.
Tennessee: Troupe 8-67, Bennett 5-99, Kinney 4-27, Jones 3-21, C.Brown 1-13, Roos 1-(minus 7).
Houston: D.Davis 8-43, Bradford 4-35, Gaffney 2-24, Mathis 2-15, Rivers 1-7, Wells 1-7.
MISSED FIELD GOALS
Tennessee: Bironas 58 (SH).