Jaguars 37

(1-9, 1-4 away)

Texans 43

(9-1, 5-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 18, 2012

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX 

1 2 3 4 OT T
JAX 7 10 10 7 337
HOU 7 10 3 14 943

Top Performers

Passing: M. Schaub (HOU) - 527 YDS, 5 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Foster (HOU) - 28 CAR, 90 YDS

Receiving: A. Johnson (HOU) - 14 REC, 273 YDS, 1 TD

Andre Johnson (273 yards), Matt Schaub (527 yards, 5 TDs) lead Texans

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Andre Johnson had the game of his life to save the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Johnson finished off a career day by turning a screen pass from Matt Schaub into a 48-yard sprint for the winning touchdown as the Texans rallied to beat Jacksonville 43-37.

"All the good teams find a way to win, no matter if it's ugly, pretty or whatever," Johnson said. "In the win column, it either says 'W' or 'L.' They don't ask how you got it done."

Schaub threw a career-high five touchdown passes, completed a franchise-record 43 passes and finished with 527 yards in the air, second most in NFL history. Warren Moon also threw for 527 yards for the Houston Oilers in December 1990 in Kansas City. Norm Van Brocklin holds the record with 554 for the Rams in 1951.

Johnson caught 14 passes for 273 yards, both career highs; the yardage was a team record. He turned 31 in July, but has been saying for weeks that he's feeling as fit and healthy as he ever has.

"Maybe you guys will believe me after that," Johnson told reporters after the game.

He seemed to be open all day and he was somehow uncovered again when Schaub flipped him the short pass for the decisive score.

"When I caught the ball, and I saw how open I was, I was looking around like, 'Where are the defenders at?' " Johnson said. "I took off running, I kept looking. I thought the cornerback would come from the outside, but he wasn't there. It was just the safety, so I was just saying to myself, 'I can't let him tackle me.' "

It almost didn't come to that. Houston trailed 34-20 with 12 minutes left, but Schaub completed 16 consecutive throws to launch the comeback.

"Something we can look back on as we move through this," Schaub said, "because there are going to be games like that, that are not always going to be a two- or three-score lead in the fourth quarter, where you're trying to run the clock out."

The Texans (9-1) won an overtime game for the first time at Reliant Stadium and improved to 2-7 in overtime in their history. The Jaguars (1-9) have lost three road games in overtime this year.

"I told them afterwards, we didn't come here for a tie," Jacksonville coach Mike Mularkey said. "We had some chances. We just did not make some of the plays that we haven't made throughout the year."

Houston's comeback wrecked big days by Chad Henne and first-round pick Justin Blackmon, who showed that the Jacksonville offense does actually have some spark.

Henne threw a career-high four touchdown passes in relief of injured Blaine Gabbert, and Blackmon made seven catches for 236 yards. It was the second time in NFL history opposing players each had more than 200 yards receiving in the same game; the first was in 2007, when Kevin Curtis had 211 yards for the Eagles and Roy Williams had 204 yards for the Lions in a 56-21 Eagles win.

The Jaguars looked like they were on their way to one of the biggest upsets of the season when Henne hooked up with Blackmon for a stunning 81-yard touchdown with 12:33 left in regulation to put Jacksonville up 34-20.

Schaub then threw two touchdown passes to tight end Garrett Graham in the final 5:39 to force overtime.

Shayne Graham and Josh Scobee kicked field goals in overtime and, for a while, it looked like NFL would have its second tie in two weeks. San Francisco and St. Louis finished 24-24 last week.

Henne threw incomplete on fourth-and-10 from the Houston 47, and the Texans regained possession with 2:30 left in OT. Schaub saw the perfect defense for a receiver screen pass to Johnson, who took the pass and sprinted untouched down the right sideline to end it.

"We got what we wanted," Schaub said, "and 'Dre did the rest."

Johnson surpassed his own single-game records for receptions and yards receiving. Kubiak thinks those records may stand for a while.

"I don't know if that one will ever be touched," Kubiak said. "That was special from the Texans standpoint."

Gabbert left in the first quarter with a bruised right elbow. Mularkey said last week that he was sticking with Gabbert as his starter, but he may have to go with Henne now. He didn't have an update on Gabbert's injury after the game and will decide later whether to start Gabbert next week.

With Henne guiding the offense, Jacksonville had 238 yards by halftime.

"You've just got to always be prepared and ready to go in," Henne said. "I've been preparing these last couple weeks like I've got to be the starter, and any time he (Gabbert) goes down, just jump in and hopefully not lose a step."

Game notes

Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew missed his fourth straight game with a strained left foot. ... LB Paul Posluszny took four stitches on his forehead after being injured in overtime. ... The Texans finished with a franchise record 640 total yards. ... Texans backup running back Ben Tate sat out for the third straight game with a hamstring injury. ... Johnson went over 100 yards receiving for the 41st time. ... Texans CB Johnathan Joseph left in the second half with a hamstring injury.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1739
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6692
Total Yards458653
Yards per play6.97.1
Total Drives1416
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders

Shorts III38127.0167

Scoring Summary

houTD12:22Keshawn Martin 9 Yard Pass From Matt Schaub (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 84 yds, 2:45
jaxTD3:02Marcedes Lewis 13 Yard Pass From Chad Henne (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 81 yds, 1:32
jaxTD12:43Cecil Shorts Iii 67 Yard Pass From Chad Henne (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 81 yds, 2:16
houTD7:58James Casey 1 Yard Pass From Matt Schaub (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 48 yds, 4:39
jaxFG2:58Josh Scobee 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 44 yds, 4:59
houFG1:16Shayne Graham 42 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 56 yds, 1:41
jaxFG11:05Josh Scobee 40 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 58 yds, 3:59
jaxTD6:57Marcedes Lewis 1 Yard Pass From Chad Henne (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 11 yds, 2:39
houFG2:18Shayne Graham 27 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 65 yds, 4:37
jaxTD12:46Justin Blackmon 81 Yard Pass From Chad Henne (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 70 yds, 1:23
houTD5:42Garrett Graham 1 Yard Pass From Matt Schaub (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yds, 6:54
houTD1:40Garrett Graham 5 Yard Pass From Matt Schaub (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 90 yds, 2:18
houFG8:13Shayne Graham 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 14 plays, 73 yds, 6:50
jaxFG4:24Josh Scobee 33 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 53 yds, 3:49
houTD2:10Andre Johnson 48 Yard Pass From Matt Schaub
Drive info: 2 plays, 53 yds, 0:20

Research Notes

Chad Henne completed 5-of-6 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown at least 15 yards downfield. In his career, Henne entered Sunday with a 41.9 completion percentage, two touchdowns and 13 interceptions on those throws. The Texans defense had allowed a league-low four completions on those throws in their last three games. Henne was 4-of-5 for 198 yards and a touchdown targeting Justin Blackmon on those throws.
Matt Schaub was 43-of-55 Sunday against the Jaguars for 527 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Schaub's 43 completions is the most of any quarterback in a game this season. Schaub did his damage on the scoreboard against added pressure, throwing four touchdowns against five or more rushers, most of any quarterback in a game this season. Schaub's favorite target was Andre Johnson, who caught 14-of-19 targets for 273 yards and a touchdown, doubling his previous season high in receiving yards.
Matt Schaub's 527 Pass yards are the 2nd most in a single game in NFL history.
The Texans are the 1st team in NFL history to score twice in overtime.
From Elias: FROM ELIAS: Chad Henne: 4 Pass TD, 0 INT off the bench for the Jaguars. He's the second QB since the merger to come off the bench and throw 4 TD and 0 Int in a game (1st was Steve Young in 1987 vs the Bears - Dec. 14).
Chad Henne threw for 354 yards, 4 TD's and 0 INT's against the Texans Sunday. There are 4 players this year who have thrown for 300 yards with at least 4 TD's and 0 INT's in a game. Two of them did so against the Texans.

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