NFL Preseason: D’Onta Foreman scores game winning TD in home debut

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Former Texas Longhorns RB D’Onta Foreman scored the game winning TD for the Houston Texans in his home NFL debut.

Playing in front of family and friends, D’Onta Foreman had a memorable home debut for the Houston Texans.

Included was a goal line TD that proved to be the game winner for the Texans against the New England Patriots in a back-and-forth preseason game.

Final Score: Houston Texans 27, New England Patriots 23.

Here’s how the key play unfolded:

Trailing 23-20, the Texans defense produced a big interception that set up the Texans on the four yard line.

Foreman knew what to do from there, just like last season with the Longhorns when he was the best RB in college football.

On the first play after the INT, Foreman took a handoff QB Brandon Weeden, shook off a Patriot defender behind the line of scrimmage, and used his trademark combination of elusiveness and speed to zip to the outside and dive into the endzone.

The TD and extra point put the Texans up 27-23, matching Foreman’s new jersey number #27 with the Texans.

Neither team scored the rest of the way, giving the Texans the win and Foreman the nod for Rising Star of the Game from the Texans TV broadcast.

Foreman’s first NFL TD was not the only memorable moment of the game for the Longhorns star.

D’Onta Foreman Epic Catch and Run

D’Onta Foreman entered the game in the third quarter. After getting warmed up on his first drive, Foreman took over the game on his second drive.

Down 16-10, the Texans and fellow rookie QB Deshaun Watson took possession at the 25 yard line. Foreman ran eight yards to set up a third and short.

On 3rd and 2, Foreman ran a quick slant out of the backfield just looking to get a first down.

Not only did Foreman catch the ball in traffic, he shook a defender, then took off for the races. Foreman pushed away and outran the Patriots defense all the way to the 4 yard line, picking up 63 yards on the epic catch and run.

Last week in his NFL preseason debut, Foreman used the combination of elusiveness and speed to pick up 41 yards on one play. This week, he outdid himself with the highlight reel play of the second half.

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After Foreman’s 63-yard play, Deshaun Watson ran in a goal line TD after using Foreman as a decoy with play action.

It was quite the night for D’Onta Foreman in his hometown:

  • 2 catches for 66 yards
  • 7 rushes for 17 yards and 1 TD
  • 83 total yards playing in the second half

Foreman is currently third on the depth chart behind incumbent starter Lamar Miller and incumbent backup Alfred Blue. If he continues playing like he is now, he could push for more playing time.

The next opportunity for Foreman is next Saturday when the Houston Texans travel to New Orleans to play the Saints.