Final Score: Texans 18, Broncos 17

Last updated: Aug 24, 2014 8:40 AM

Thanks to a last-minute comeback, the Texans edged the Broncos 18-17 (Gamebook) at SAF@MH on Saturday night.

Peyton Manning threw for 243 yards and two picturesque long touchdowns to Emmanuel Sanders, who returned from a nagging quad injury in electric fashion.

The free-agent steal acquisition caught five passes for 128 yards, including scoring plays of 67 and 29 yards to close out the first half.

Von Miller, Montee Ball, and Kevin Vickerson made their preseason debuts, but Wes Welker departed with a concussion.

Welker was injured just before halftime, as Houston safety D.J. Swearinger was penalized for a forearm hit to the oft-concussed receiver's head.

For his part, Welker appeared to duck somewhat into the blow, so the fault appears not to lie entirely with Swearinger.

That's not how Manning saw it, however, as he got in the safety's face following his second long strike to Sanders. That prompted a rare (unprecedented?) taunting flag against Peyton.

Welker suffered two concussions in short order last season, causing him to miss the Broncos' final three regular season games.

Manning & Co. went into halftime with a 17-7 lead, but Houston accounted for all of the second half scoring.

Following a missed 36-yarder by Mitch Ewald, Tom Savage led the Texans on a 74-yard touchdown drive that ended inside the final minute.

Bill O'Brien mercifully opted to go for two, and Savage's successful conversion gave Houston the win, leaving both teams at 2-1 for the preseason.

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