Jacksonville won the coin toss and elected to receive. Chad Henne passed accurately and found open receivers, moving his team down the field, and Maurice Jones-Drew finished off a 10-play, 75 yard drive that consumed 4:03, with a 1-yard TD run. Josh Scobee added the extra point and the Jags led 7-0 with 10:57 left in the first quarter.
Houston got one first down on their first possession on a horse collar penalty, but they were unable to sustain the drive and punted the ball away. The visitors picked up one first down, but they stalled and were also forced to punt away.
The teams traded field position while exchanging punts until Josh Scobee capped a 7-play, 73-yard drive with a 30-yard field goal with 7:57 left in the first quarter. That pushed the Jaguar lead to 10-0.
Houston finally got on the board with only 29 seconds left in the first half when Randy Bullock capped off a 9-play, 49-yard drive that took 4:35, and the Texans closed the deficit to 10-3, and that is the way the first half ended.
The Texans received the second half kickoff and took over at their 15 following a Keshawn Martin return out of the end zone. Case Keenum moved the offense down the field, but the Jaguars stiffened in the red zone, forcing a 20-yard Bullock field goal attempt. The kick was good and Houston cut the gap to 10-6 with 8:26 left in the third quarter. The drive was 13-plays, 83 yards, and took 6:34 off the third quarter clock.
The Jaguars came right back down the field and Josh Scobee attempted a 49-yard field goal, but J.J. Watt blocked the kick. Shiloh Keo picked up the ball and returned it 25 yards down to the J’Ville 49 with 57 seconds left in the third quarter.
Unfortunately, it was all for naught as the Texans came up inches short on fourth down and the Jags took over on downs. The visitors were unable to sustain a drive and had to punt the ball away.
Houston took possession at their 25 following the kick. They went three-and-out once again and Shane Lechler punted the ball back to Jacksonville.
Henne led the Jaguars down the field and into field goal position for Scobee and he connected on a 53-yard field goal with 6:44 left in the game, advancing the score to 13-6. The kick followed an 8-play, 42-yard drive that took 4:27 off the clock.
The Texans got the ball once more, but weren’t able to score a TD that could have possibly sent the game into overtime. A Keenum pass bounced off the intended receiver’s hands and was intercepted with under a minute left and the fate of the Texans was sealed.
Gary Kubiak had no answers when he faced the media in his postgame press conference. “Obviously, we didn’t execute worth a darn offensively. Defensively, we are on the field pretty much the whole football game. We battled our tails off. We can always do things better. But offensively, we just executed extremely poorly on some of the simple things that you have to go do to be successful. We didn’t do them very well. Just looking at it today, like I said, some simple executions, some things, throwing and catching that we normally do pretty well, we didn’t do very well. I’ve got no excuse for you. It’s my responsibility for us to get that done and we haven’t done it. I’m very disappointed on where we are right now. We have won two football games and lost a lot of close games over the course. Obviously, we haven’t played well for various reasons and today offensively we played very poorly.”
Kubiak was asked what the worst thing was about the Texans now officially being the WORST team in the NFL. “I feel bad for the players. I feel bad for the organization. Feel bad for everybody that I’m looking at in that locker room, because they’re working hard. But the results aren’t very good. As I told them, the person I look at is myself. That’s where I go. I’m the one that’s got to have us playing a hell of a lot better than we’re playing, so I take full responsibility for that.”
To his credit, Kubiak takes full responsibility for his team’s collapse, and NFL fans everywhere feel sorry for him and the mini-stroke he had a few weeks ago at halftime. Nonetheless, the cold hard facts are that he has totally lost his team, and a change at head coach MUST be made at the end of the season.
While there are many thoughts as to WHY the Houston meltdown happened, this writer tends to believe the MAIN reason was the fact Kubiak kept sticking with Matt Schaub at quarterback even after he threw a pick 6 in an NFL record 4 CONSECUTIVE games. Schaub might never have come off the field had it not been for an ankle injury. Keenum came in following the injury and played so well Kubiak really had no choice but to keep him in the starting lineup.
As if things weren’t bad enough already, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots come to Reliant Stadium on Sunday. Houston might well not win another game this season. The year is particularly disappointing since the Texans were one of the favorites in the AFC to make the Super Bowl in New York in February.