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Texans Shoot Themselves in the Foot, Toss Jags the Win

The Houston Texans blew a huge opportunity for a win this Sunday.  The Texans and Jaguars hustled four quarters of quality football, grinding to a 24-24 tie into the last five seconds of the game.  The Texans already blew their chance at a Neil Rackers go-ahead field goal opportunity on a Joel Dreessen riddled mistake drive and fumble.  On the Jags’ last five-second possession, they were given five yards on an Antonio Smith offsides penalty and set on the 50 for a Hail Mary.  Garrard launched th eball to the left endzone where  Texans cornerback Glover Quin, with both hands and the clear opportunity for an interception, batted the ball down hard; however, it was batted right into the Jaguars Mike Thomas who took two steps into the endzone for the Jaguars game-winning touchdown.

Mike Thomas’ game-winning touchdown may very well be the play of the season.  It also may be the best folly play of the decade.  Twenty years from now, on rainy days, middle schoolers are going to be sitting in their gym class locker room, watching old school NFL follies films and seeing Glover Quin bat down the ball down into Mike Thomas’ possession for the win. For the Texans, a long and hard fought game was ended with disappointment.  For the Jaguars, they were granted the win without having to battle through overtime.  With the loss, the Texans drop to last place at 4-5 in the AFC South, while Jacksonville improves to 5-4, surpassing Houston.

Although the Houston Texans finished with 395 total yards of offense, the majority of it was in the second half.  Andre Johnson and Arian Foster only had 46 total yards in the first half, while the Jags’ also lagged in the first half.  The Texans’ second half didn’t start off great either.  Arian Foster’s opening 76-yard run was negated by a lousy Andre Johnson offensive pass interference play.  On the play. Johnson, on the run, collided into the Jaguars defender causing a quick penalty that was questioned after the touchdown run.  The Texans didn’t slow down though.  Matt Schaub threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns while he unloaded to his arsenal of receivers.  Foster was limited to 54 yards and one touchdown.

The Jaguars played an impressive and well-managed game.  With 491 yards and 29 first downs, the Jaguars were men amongst boys against the Texans’ defense.  The Texans’ defenders were helpless outside Brian Cushing’s performance.  Although the defense managed to pressure David Garrard and the Jaguars, Maurice Jones-Drew’s 100-yard, two touchdown effort helped the Jaguars win out.  Furthermore, Mike Thomas added 99 yards to his 50 yard Hail Mary game-winning reception.

This game totaled for 866 yards.  Both defenses bent over backwards to give the opposing offense yards on Sunday.  From Kevin Walter’s wacky touchdown catch and drop to one of the year’s best plays off a Hail Mary knock down to touchdown, this week’s game 31-24 loss will forever be remembered.  Funny thing is, before starting the season Glover Quin was credited with never allowing a touchdown in his short NFL career.  Additionally, he led the defense in tackles with 13.

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