Final

Texans 24

(6-7, 2-5 away)

Packers 21

(5-8, 3-4 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 7, 2008

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 7 3 3 1124
GB 0 7 0 1421

Top Performers

Passing: M. Schaub (HOU) - 414 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Slaton (HOU) - 26 CAR, 120 YDS

Receiving: K. Walter (HOU) - 6 REC, 146 YDS, 1 TD

Schaub returns to lead winning drive, capped by Brown's 40-yard FG

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Matt Schaub certainly didn't look like a guy whose knee wasn't healthy enough for him to play just six days ago.

Schaub returned from a four-game absence to throw for a career-high 414 yards in the Houston Texans' 24-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday. He also led a final drive to set up Kris Brown's 40-yard field goal on the last play of the game.

Fast Facts

• The Texans won their third consecutive and sixth in nine games since an 0-4 start.

• The Packers have eight losses this season, five of them by four points or fewer.

• Matt Schaub, returning from an injury, had a career-high 414 pass yards and tied a career high with 42 pass attempts.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

Schaub's knee even held up under the intense celebration afterward.

"Kris jumped on me and just held on and I said, 'Come on, we've got more guys to celebrate with,'" Schaub said. "It was just excitement, one of those team wins. You just want to go around and give everyone a hug."

After sitting out the Texans' (6-8) victory over Jacksonville on Monday night, Schaub returned Sunday to play with a brace on his left knee -- but his mobility certainly didn't suffer. He made big plays on rollouts and bootlegs all afternoon, completing passes to eight receivers.

Of course, it's possible that the 3-degree temperature at kickoff might have numbed Schaub's knee to the point where he couldn't feel it.

"All in all, we hung with the cold weather good," said fullback Vonta Leach, a former Packers player who had a key reception on the final drive. "We came down here, put up a lot of yards and a lot of points."

And how: The Texans racked up 549 yards of total offense.

Green Bay's third straight loss makes it highly unlikely that the Packers (5-8) will be back in the playoffs this year, even in the mediocre NFC North. And it came in strikingly similar fashion to last Sunday's late-game giveaway to Carolina at Lambeau.

"The big play's kind of something that's been lingering of late," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

It was Green Bay's fifth loss by four points or fewer this season.

"The frustrating part is, it's been right there in front of us," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "We've had the opportunity to execute and finish those games off and we haven't."

The Texans won despite committing four turnovers, perhaps the byproduct of a warm-weather team playing in just-above-zero conditions.

"Our group had every reason at some point to fold with the turnovers hurting us," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "But this group is made of a lot of character and it's as good a win as I've ever been around."

Texans rookie running back Steve Slaton rushed for 120 yards and caught three passes for 40 yards, a continuation of his 130-yard, two-touchdown performance against Jacksonville.

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Rodgers was 19 of 30 for 295 yards for Green Bay, with two touchdowns and an interception. Ryan Grant rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown.

After a fumble by Slaton led to a 6-yard touchdown run by Grant to give the Packers a 14-13 lead early in the fourth quarter, the Texans answered with a scoring drive.

Schaub nimbly rolled to his left and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson to retake the lead. Then Schaub rolled to his right to hit Johnson again on a 2-point conversion attempt, putting Houston ahead 21-14 with 10:05 remaining.

The Texans' defense came up with a stop, but Houston's Jacoby Jones fumbled a punt near midfield and the Packers drove for a tying 9-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

"Then all the rest of that stuff happened," Rodgers said.

New Packers punter Jeremy Kapinos pinned the Texans at their own 3 with less than two minutes left, but Schaub hit Leach, wide receiver David Anderson and tight end Owen Daniels for big gains to set up Brown's field goal as time expired.

"It came off my foot and I knew right away it was good," Brown said.

Game notes


McCarthy said RT Mark Tauscher sustained a "significant" knee injury. ... The Packers were 1-for-10 on third-down conversions. ... Houston punter Matt Turk turned a potential blocked punt into an 18-yard gain and a first down in the third quarter. "I was running for my life, I tell you," Turk said. "That's when I run fastest: when someone is chasing me."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
GB
1st Downs2516
Passing 1st downs
1810
Rushing 1st downs
65
1st downs from penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
7-131-10
4th down efficiency
1-10-0
Total Plays7452
Total Yards549387
Yards per play7.47.4
Total Drives1311
Passing408279
Comp-Att
28-4219-30
Yards per pass
9.58.7
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-62-16
Rushing141108
Rushing Attempts
3120
Yards per rush
4.55.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-42-2
Penalties4-306-65
Turnovers41
Fumbles lost
30
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession34:0325:57

Passing Leaders

HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Schaub28/424149.9211-6
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers19/302959.8212-16

Rushing Leaders

HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Slaton261204.6034
Turk11818.0018
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant191045.5122
Rodgers144.004

Receiving Leaders

HOURECYDSAVGTDLG
Walter614624.3158
Daniels66510.8027
GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Driver37525.0059
Jennings27437.0063

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUGB
houTD13:30Kevin Walter 58 Yard Pass From Matt Schaub (Kris Brown Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 75 yds, 1:30
70
SECOND QUARTERHOUGB
gbTD5:12Donald Lee 20 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 23 yds, 0:46
77
houFG1:54Kris Brown 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 60 yds, 3:17
107
THIRD QUARTERHOUGB
houFG11:57Kris Brown 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 45 yds, 2:38
137
FOURTH QUARTERHOUGB
gbTD15:00Ryan Grant 6 Yard Run (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 79 yds, 1:49
1314
houTD10:11Andre Johnson 11 Yard Pass From Matt Schaub (Matt Schaub Pass to Andre Johnson For Two-Point Conversion is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 63 yds, 4:51
2114
gbTD6:00Jordy Nelson 9 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 51 yds, 3:08
2121
houFG0:04Kris Brown 40 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yds, 1:49
2421