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NFL Preseason Preview - San Francisco (1-2) at Houston (2-1)



By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Texans will close out the preseason against the San Francisco 49ers Thursday at NRG Stadium.

The Texans are coming off an 18-17 come-from-behind win at Denver last Saturday. Rookie quarterback Tom Savage led Houston on its game-winning drive, hitting tight end Ryan Griffin for a 31-yard touchdown with 59 seconds remaining and then connecting with receiver Travis Labhart on the ensuing 2- point conversion attempt.

Starting signal caller Ryan Fitzpatrick went 10-for-17 for 80 yards and Jonathan Grimes scored a rushing touchdown in the win.

The Texans' defense also continued its solid second-half play against Denver, holding its opponent scoreless for the second consecutive game. Houston hasn't allowed any points in the third quarter and has allowed just 12 points in the second half through three preseason games.

The 49ers, meanwhile, defeated San Diego, 21-7, on Sunday for their first win of the preseason. Vance McDonald caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert with 46 seconds remaining in the first half for what turned out to be the game-winning score. .

Starting signal caller Colin Kaepernick was 6-of-12 for 59 yards while rookie second-round selection Carlos Hyde carried the ball six times for 38 yards.

McDonald finished with three receptions for 29 yards and the touchdown for the 49ers.

Thursday's game will be just the third preseason meeting between the two teams. Houston defeated San Francisco 30-7 in the 2011 preseason and 20-9 in the 2012 preseason.

08/27 15:58:14 ET

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