The Texans-Titans game was beyond ugly. And not just because Vanilla Ice performed at halftime — alongside a guy in a skeleton face mask for some reason.
Well into the third quarter neither team had anything close to 200 yards of total offense.
Tennessee clung to a 10-7 lead. Matt Schaub and the Texans offense hadn't scored in more than 34 minutes of game time. There'd already been three missed field goals in the game.
Daniels' catch brought back visions of Arian Foster's TD grab in rainy Chicago during another low-scoring game last season.
With Houston facing a third-and-6 on the Titans' 12-yard line, another drive stood in danger of bogging down.
Only this time, Schaub turned to Owen Daniels. He lofted a pass into the corner of the end zone. Old Texans friend Bernard Pollard was all over Daniels. No matter, the Texans tight end stretched out his hands and made a catch along the corner of the end zone. It's a play that showed more athleticism than tight ends not named Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski are supposed to have.
Suddenly, it was 14-10 and the Texans were on their way to a fourth quarter lead. As short lived as it was.
It wasn't quite as spectacular, but Daniels' catch brought back visions of Texans tailback Arian Foster's touchdown grab in rainy Chicago during another low-scoring Sunday Nighter last season.
If anything, Schaub seems more intent than ever on getting his tight ends the football, realizing that Daniels and Garrett Graham give the Texans a unique dimension. It helps when your big targets can pull off some pretty catch artistry.