Houston, possibly suffering a hangover from their emotional win in Chicago on Sunday Night Football the previous Sunday, never seemed to have their heads in the game for three and one-half quarters. When they finally woke up from the haze, they found themselves trailing 34-20 with less than seven minutes left in the game. They came back with a fury and tied the game 34-34, and actually had a chance to win in regulation, save for a missed field goal at the end of the first four quarters.
Matt Schaub and the Texans offense managed a field goal on their first possession in OT, but under the new rules this season, Jacksonville got a chance to tie or win since the Houston score was a field goal and not a TD. They DID manage a tie, but ultimately Houston got the ball back after they held on defense and on the second play Schaub hit Andre Johnson on a screen pass that Johnson took to the house, giving the Texans a 43-37 victory and a 9-1 record. The Jags drop to 1-9 on the season.
The game provided a number of historical records, including the most yards in the history of the franchise, with 640 yards. For the first time in NFL history, two receivers had over 200 yards in receptions. Andre Johnson had fourteen catches for 273 yards and Justin Blackmon had seven catches for 236 yards for the Jaguars.
Schaub also had a couple of impressive stats. He tied for the second-most passing yards in NFL history with 527. He tied former Houston Oiler quarterback Warren Moon who did the same on December 16, 1990 against Kansas City. He also tied for the second-most completions in a game with 43, matching Oakland QB Rich Gannon’s game on 9/28/2002 in Pittsburgh.
Needless to say, Texans Owner Bob McNair was ecstatic with the unlikely win. “It was a beautiful win. This win builds confidence for our team. Last week the defense shut Chicago down and the offense struggled with the bad weather and going up against Chicago’s defense. This week our defense struggled a little bit but our offense stepped up and had 640 total yards, that’s as much as we usually make in two games.”
Head Coach Gary Kubiak was also excited about the game’s outcome. “We turned the ball over offensively, but we kept battling and found a way to win a game another way. I talk about that all the time, being able to win in different ways. Great job offensively and big stop by the defense there in overtime. And tremendous play by our quarterback, and probably as a good a day as I’ve even seen by a wide receiver. As a matter of fact, I know it is.”
It WAS a big win for Houston, keeping them the team with the best record in the AFC, and home field advantage throughout the playoffs IF they can hold onto the spot. Unfortunately, they have no time to enjoy the victory. Houston travels to Detroit on Thursday to take on the Lions in their annual home Turkey Day game. The Lions lost to Green Bay at home on Sunday by the score of 24-20.