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Texans struggle but survive against the Jaguars

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The Texans were supposed to be one of the best teams in the league and the Jaguars were supposed to be one of the worst, but when they met on the field on Sunday, it didn’t look that way.

Instead, the Jaguars led for most of the way, and the Texans needed a furious fourth-quarter comeback just to force overtime, which finally ended with an Andre Johnson touchdown catch that won the game, 43-37.

Johnson had an absolutely amazing game, catching 14 passes for 273 yards, and so did Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, completing 43 of 55 passes for 527 yards and five touchdowns.

But we shouldn’t overlook just how well the Jaguars played in defeat. After starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert was knocked out of the game, backup Chad Henne came in and played outstanding football, completing 16 of 33 passes for 354 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Jaguars rookie receiver Justin Blackmon caught seven passes for 236 yards, for a whopping average of 33.7 yards a catch, and scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter that gave Jacksonville what looked like it could be an insurmountable lead.

Unfortunately for Jacksonville, the Texans were able to surmount that insurmountable lead. Houston can’t afford to have its defense give up huge games to mediocre quarterbacks like Henne if it wants to be a Super Bowl team, but on this day, the Texans survived after a long, hard struggle.

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19 Responses to “Texans struggle but survive against the Jaguars”
  1. bigwinintx says: Nov 18, 2012 4:59 PM

    At the end of the season, all that matters is that we got a ‘W’!

  2. ghjjf says: Nov 18, 2012 5:00 PM

    If henne is mediocre what does that make Gabbert?

  3. trudger164 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:01 PM

    Why didn’t the Jags punt instead of going for it on 4th down in OT and giving the Texans the ball back at midfield? They could have made the Texans go 80 yds instead of 50 for the winning score???

  4. trefkennedy says: Nov 18, 2012 5:15 PM

    Now the texans played like the old, high scoring passing Texans

  5. mrbigass says: Nov 18, 2012 5:29 PM

    Never fails the backup comes in and has a great game. That being said, how often does a team have to score 10 pts in OT to win the game?

  6. malvaren18 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:49 PM

    Against the worst team, there lucky if they make it past the second round of the playoffs

  7. kattykathy says: Nov 18, 2012 5:50 PM

    Great teams find a way to win games like this.
    Out of sync all game long on both sides of the ball, the Texans dug deep and found a way to get the W

    Who is gonna meet them in New Orleans?

  8. ssraebel says: Nov 18, 2012 6:00 PM

    As a Jags fan and season ticket holder can we please end the Gabbert era? He is a bust. Please stop all the excuses now too. That the OL and WR’s are all the issues for Blaine? Henne got no reps in practice and played better than Blaine has ever played in his career.

    I am sure we will here a bunch of excuses from some. Right thegreatgabbert?

    Henne might not be the long term answer but he is at least a QB that can play in the NFL. Gabbert is a bunch of woulda, shoulda, coulda and it is everybody else’s fault.

    Looks like Blackmon can play too hugh? Amazing how the OL and WR all of a sudden got so much better.

  9. billhicks666 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:23 PM

    malvaren18 says:

    “Against the worst team, there lucky if they make it past the second round of the playoffs”

    Okay, so I guess you’d say the same thing about the Packers, who struggled most of their game against the Jaguars as well.

    Even great teams have off days once in awhile.

  10. kelshannon19 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:28 PM

    A W in the Win column..thats all that matters.

  11. jagsfanugh says: Nov 18, 2012 6:37 PM

    What a treat to actually see an NFL qb play. Throws down the field instead of 99% of em under 6 yards. Henne over Gabbert.

  12. egomaniac247 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:58 PM

    Schaub has to be the most underrated QB in the entire league.

  13. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 18, 2012 7:28 PM

    kattykathy says:
    Nov 18, 2012 5:50 PM
    Great teams find a way to win games like this.
    Out of sync all game long on both sides of the ball, the Texans dug deep and found a way to get the W

    Who is gonna meet them in New Orleans?

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    Anyone who buys tickets like they do. Whoever meets them will be watching the Packers and Patriots, with the Packers winning.

  14. edreedisgod says: Nov 18, 2012 7:50 PM

    Schaub has to be the most overrated Qb …. Its easy when you have a top 5 rb and wr….Brady has done more with less talent for years……. When Schaub wins a playoff game then he may get respect…until then he is Matt Ryan…all the weapons and no meaningful play off wins..

  15. fofofotey says: Nov 18, 2012 7:59 PM

    Glad Texans are done with J’ville. Jags finally figured out they actually have a qb on their roster. And two really good WR’s.

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 19, 2012 1:30 PM

    edreedisgod says:
    Nov 18, 2012 7:50 PM
    Schaub has to be the most overrated Qb …. Its easy when you have a top 5 rb and wr….Brady has done more with less talent for years…….
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    That’s comical coming from a Raven’s fan. In no universe anywhere is Matt Schaub ever compared to Tom Brady. I’ve never seen Schaub rated in even the top 5. Most people rate him top 10-15. You’re trying to tell me that there are 15 QBs better than Schaub?

    Raven’s fans on the other hand think that Flacco is an “Elite” QB. What a joke. Give Schaub the Raven’s D for the last 4 years and he has minimum 1 SB ring.

  17. fruitcovejag says: Nov 19, 2012 6:20 PM

    Go Jags!!

  18. JLB says: Nov 21, 2012 12:10 PM

    trudger164 says:
    Nov 18, 2012 5:01 PM
    Why didn’t the Jags punt instead of going for it on 4th down in OT and giving the Texans the ball back at midfield? They could have made the Texans go 80 yds instead of 50 for the winning score???

    If they punted, the best they could have hoped for was a tie. The clock was running down.

  19. JLB says: Nov 21, 2012 12:19 PM

    edreedisgod says:
    Nov 18, 2012 7:50 PM
    Schaub has to be the most overrated Qb …. Its easy when you have a top 5 rb and wr….Brady has done more with less talent for years…….
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    How many other QBs are ranked in the top 10-15 QBs in the league that have led the league in passing for a season at least once or that have 2 games with over 475 yards in their career (527, 497). You’re not overrated if you are rated average and perform above average…..just saying

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