Once upon a time, the Texans went to Green Bay, where Matt Schaub outdueled Aaron Rodgers. And it was glorious.
This was 2008 and gave Houston its only win in the series. Something the Texans will try to remedy on Sunday. Rodgers was in his first season actually playing and not even a glint in the eye of any national insurance company seeking a spokesperson.
Schaub was returning from injury and would begin a starts streak that would last until the fateful day in Tampa in 2011 that changed the course of what could have been a Super Bowl run.
It was 3 degrees at kickoff but not windy. Something Schaub would later say was the biggest factor in the Texans being able to throw for 414 yards. The offense was piping hot in the frigid air. Steve Slaton ran for 120 yards in a back-and-forth game that the Packers tied with under six minutes left on a Rodgers to Jordy Nelson TD pass.
Schaub didn't flinch. On second and seven he hit Vonta Leach for a 22 yard gain. Two passes to David Anderson and a 27 yard play to Owen Daniels set up Kris Brown's 40 yard field goal to win the game. It was an unforgettable day in what should be considered the mecca of professional football.
The Texans would pull to .500 the following week with a 13-12 win over a Tennessee team that would finish 13-3.
Bringing up '08 is not an accident. Houston started 0-4 and was 3-7 before winning five of its last six. The one loss down the stretch was somehow to a shaky Raiders team in Oakland. Otherwise, the Texans might have been able to pull out their first winning season after a painful start.
The defense that year finished 27th in scoring but the offense was 3rd in yards. This year's bunch certainly has the offense moving in the right direction as the defense looks to improve. There's plenty of firepower to win games.
It's also interesting how the Texans played the NFC North and AFC North that year, just like 2020.
Of course, there's absolutely no one left from that team on today's roster. But the current Texans might be able to take some inspiration from that group 12 years ago. They never quit and clawed back from four games below .500 twice to give themselves a chance at a winning campaign.