League Championship: New Orleans vs. Houston

January 25, 2026
64°
Arizona Stadium (Phoenix, AZ) Attendance: 63,400 (100%)
New Orleans 0 7 3 17 - 27
Houston 14 0 10 0 - 24

Scoring Summary

(Qtr 1) Houston: 2-3-HOU 24 (9:28) 6-Denny Munoz pass complete to 19-Eugenio Poarch for 76 yards. TOUCHDOWN! Extra point GOOD by 9-Luis Fowler. HOU 7 NOS 0
(Qtr 1) Houston: 3-2-NOS 34 (0:50) 6-Denny Munoz pass complete to 12-Kenneth Lister for 34 yards. TOUCHDOWN! Extra point GOOD by 9-Luis Fowler. HOU 14 NOS 0
(Qtr 2) New Orleans: 1-10-HOU 13 (1:23) 19-Duncan Burris pass complete to 21-Terry Allen for 13 yards. TOUCHDOWN! Extra point GOOD by 16-Paul Gaines. HOU 14 NOS 7
(Qtr 3) New Orleans: 4-8-HOU 28 (11:56) 16-Paul Gaines 46 yard field goal is GOOD. HOU 14 NOS 10
(Qtr 3) Houston: 2-7-NOS 7 (6:32) 6-Denny Munoz pass complete to 19-Eugenio Poarch for 7 yards. TOUCHDOWN! Extra point GOOD by 9-Luis Fowler. HOU 21 NOS 10
(Qtr 3) Houston: 4-16-NOS 16 (1:59) 9-Luis Fowler 33 yard field goal is GOOD. HOU 24 NOS 10
(Qtr 4) New Orleans: 3-1-NOS 46 (15:00) 19-Duncan Burris pass complete to 17-Charles Smith for 54 yards. TOUCHDOWN! Extra point GOOD by 16-Paul Gaines. HOU 24 NOS 17
(Qtr 4) New Orleans: 3-6-HOU 30 (9:45) 19-Duncan Burris pass complete to 21-Terry Allen for 30 yards. TOUCHDOWN! Extra point GOOD by 16-Paul Gaines. HOU 92-Michael Hoffman was injured on the play. HOU 24 NOS 24
(Qtr 4) New Orleans: 4-2-HOU 20 (1:56) 16-Paul Gaines 37 yard field goal is GOOD. HOU 24 NOS 27

Team Statistics

Houston New Orleans
First Downs 17 17
- Rushing 1 4
- Passing 16 11
- Penalty 0 2
Total Net Yards 516 333
- Offensive Plays 66 75
- Yards Per Play 7.82 4.44
Net Rushing Yards 24 75
- Rushing Attempts 12 24
- Yards Per Rush 2.00 3.13
Net Passing Yards 492 258
- Att/Comp/Int 51 / 32 / 3 44 / 17 / 1
- Gross Passing Yards 509 298
- Sacks/Yards Lost 3 / 17 7 / 40
- Yards Per Pass Play 9.11 5.06
- Yards Per Completion 15.91 17.53
Fumbles/Lost 3 / 1 1 / 0
3rd Down Conversions 3 / 13 8 / 20
- Avg YTG on 3rd Down 7.6 8.8
4th Down Conversions 1 / 1 0 / 0
Penalties/Yards 7 / 65 0 / 0
Punt Returns/Yards 4 / 18 3 / 28
Kick Returns/Yards 1 / 29 0 / 0
Int Returns/Yards 1 / 7 3 / 1
2pt Conversions 0 / 0 0 / 0
Red Zone Visits 2 2
- Red Zone TDs/FGs 1 / 1 1 / 1
Avg Drive Start OWN 26 OWN 29
Time of Possession 30:15 29:46

Drive Charts

Houston

Qtr Start Poss From Plays Yards Result
1 15:00 3:18 OWN 19 6 19 Punt
1 10:06 0:50 OWN 18 2 82 Touchdown
1 8:15 2:03 OWN 33 3 7 Punt
1 4:34 1:21 OWN 25 3 5 Punt
1 2:15 1:30 OWN 37 4 63 Touchdown
1 0:00 1:30 OWN 36 3 2 Punt
2 9:22 2:50 OWN 11 6 57 Fumble
2 5:09 0:04 OWN 44 1 0 Interception
2 1:19 1:19 OWN 25 2 2 Half
3 11:52 1:01 OWN 25 3 -8 Punt
3 9:50 3:22 OWN 20 6 80 Touchdown
3 4:56 3:00 OWN 35 6 49 Field Goal
4 14:49 2:18 OWN 25 5 30 Fumble
4 9:38 0:48 OWN 25 2 11 Interception
4 7:11 3:08 OWN 12 6 47 Interception
4 1:53 1:53 OWN 25 8 31 Game

New Orleans

Qtr Start Poss From Plays Yards Result
1 11:42 1:36 OWN 21 4 11 Punt
1 9:16 1:01 OWN 25 3 0 Punt
1 6:13 1:39 OWN 14 4 16 Punt
1 3:13 0:58 OWN 20 3 1 Punt
1 0:45 0:45 OWN 25 3 -9 Punt
2 13:30 4:09 OWN 23 9 32 Punt
2 6:32 1:23 OWN 38 4 19 Interception
2 5:05 3:46 OWN 32 10 68 Touchdown
3 15:00 3:08 OWN 25 7 47 Field Goal
3 10:51 1:01 OPP 50 3 -7 Punt
3 6:28 1:32 OWN 25 3 -7 Punt
3 1:56 2:06 OWN 25 4 75 Touchdown
4 12:31 2:54 OWN 35 6 65 Touchdown
4 8:49 1:38 OPP 41 3 -12 Punt
4 4:03 2:10 OWN 18 9 63 Field Goal

Rushing Stats

Houston

Name Att Yds Avg Lng 10+ TDs
Hector Graf 9 15 1.67 3 0 0
Brad Ramsey 1 5 5.00 5 0 0
Michael Foltz 1 4 4.00 4 0 0
Denny Munoz 1 0 0.00 - 0 0

New Orleans

Name Att Yds Avg Lng 10+ TDs
Duncan Burris 4 27 6.75 13 1 0
Gil Francis 5 20 4.00 12 1 0
Terry Allen 10 16 1.60 13 1 0
Clay Brundage 5 12 2.40 4 0 0

Passing Stats

Houston

Name Att Comp Yds Sk/Yd TDs Lng Int Rate
Denny Munoz 51 32 509 3 / 17 3 76 3 91.05

New Orleans

Name Att Comp Yds Sk/Yd TDs Lng Int Rate
Duncan Burris 44 17 298 7 / 40 3 54 1 75.76

Receiving Stats

Houston

Name Rec Yds Avg Lng TDs
Eugenio Poarch 17 267 15.71 76 2
Arthur Brandon 5 73 14.60 22 0
Kenneth Lister 3 45 15.00 34 1
Luis Pinder 2 45 22.50 28 0
Jason Harris 3 36 12.00 17 0
James Ford 1 32 32.00 32 0
Hector Graf 1 11 11.00 11 0

New Orleans

Name Rec Yds Avg Lng TDs
Charles Smith 5 112 22.40 54 1
Terry Allen 3 61 20.33 30 2
Ronald Boyer 3 55 18.33 21 0
Adam Miller 1 23 23.00 23 0
Joseph Volpe 1 21 21.00 21 0
Gil Francis 3 20 6.67 13 0
Brian Buell 1 6 6.00 6 0

Blocking Stats

Houston

Name PassBlk RunBlk SkAlld TklAlld
Henry Ostrander 0 0 2 0
William West 0 0 1 0

New Orleans

Name PassBlk RunBlk SkAlld TklAlld
Thomas Betances 0 0 4 0
Brian Buell 0 0 1 0
Gerald Zamarripa 0 0 1 0

Interception Stats

Houston

Name Int Yds Avg TDs
Floyd Liller 1 7 7.00 0

New Orleans

Name Int Yds Avg TDs
William Suhr 1 1 1.00 0
John Bulloch 1 0 0.00 0
Micheal Daigle 1 0 0.00 0

Fumble Stats

Houston

Name Fumb Recov Force TDs
Hector Graf 2 0 0 0
Brad Ramsey 1 0 0 0
Merle Holder 0 1 0 0
Jason Harris 0 1 0 0
Donald Best 0 0 1 0

New Orleans

Name Fumb Recov Force TDs
Charles Smith 1 0 0 0
Michael Robb 0 2 1 0
Deangelo Hall 0 0 2 0
Frank Washam 0 1 0 0

Punting

Houston

Name Punts Yds Avg Net Lng In 20
Monty Taylor 5 236 47.20 41.60 50 1

New Orleans

Name Punts Yds Avg Net Lng In 20
Randal Cobb 9 430 47.78 43.00 65 2

Kicking

Houston

Name FG 40+ 50+ Lng XP
Luis Fowler 1 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 1 33 3 / 3

New Orleans

Name FG 40+ 50+ Lng XP
Paul Gaines 2 / 2 1 / 1 0 / 0 46 3 / 3

Punt Return

Houston

Name Ret Yds Avg Lng TDs
James Ford 4 18 4.5 6 0

New Orleans

Name Ret Yds Avg Lng TDs
Charles Smith 3 28 9.3 14 0

Kick Return

Houston

Name Ret Yds Avg TDs
James Ford 1 29 29.0 0

New Orleans

Defensive Stats