Texans' Tavierre Thomas, Rex Burkhead, Davis Mills, Eberle earn game balls

A rare Victory Monday, the Texans' fourth win of the season, meant commemorating the upset of the Los Angeles Chargers with multiple game balls.

That included rookie quarterback Davis Mills, who engineered a 41-29 victory with two touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

Other game ball winners included running back Rex Burkhead for rushing for a career-high 149 yards and two touchdowns, wide receiver Chris Conley, who caught a 41-yard touchdown pass, safety Jonathan Owens, who had his first career interception and a fumble recovery, nickel back Tavierre Thomas, who had his first career interception return for a touchdown, special-teams contributor Paul Quessenberry and new kicker Dominik Eberle. 

Eberle filled in for kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn, who's on the COVID-19 reserve list and made 51-yard and 25-yard field goals and all five extra points.

Eberle had a missed 52-yard field goal wide right, which Culley and special-teams coordinator Frank Ross debated on him attempting.

"Dominik, he’s also getting a game ball, "Texans coach David Culley said. "I was so happy for him. He came in there, he did a nice job. I kind of feel like that that second field goal that we tried for him that was a little bit longer, Frank (Ross) and I kind of talked about it on the sideline. After he made that first one, Frank was saying, ‘Maybe we might need to get a little bit closer.’ 

"I just made a gut decision right there and said, ‘Hey, look, he made one for us. I’m going to give him an opportunity to make another one.’ He hit it, he just missed it, but he hit it. I was real happy he came in and made all his extra points. He did a nice job for us during the ballgame.”

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