Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars 12/5/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Jacksonville Jaguars 27, Houston Texans 20
December 5, 2013
Kicking off the Week 14 festivities on “Thursday Night Football” we had the Houston Texans visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars. The NFL season hasn’t been kind to either team, and they came into this one with just five wins between them. That said, divisional games between these two rivals are always entertaining, and this matchup was no different. It came down to the final drive, and as football fans, that’s all we can ask.
Let’s take a look at the key players and statistics from the game so that we can figure out exactly why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll take a look forward to each team’s Week 15 game so that we can get a feel for their immediate futures.
What Happened: During the first half, Jacksonville looked like they might run away with it. The Jags struck first on a 1-yard TD pass from Chad Henne to Marcedes Lewis for the only scoreboard action in the first quarter. Later on in the second, they’d make it 14-0 with another Henne TD pass, this one to Cecil Shorts. The Texans finally found some life late in the quarter, with Case Keenum connecting on an 8-yard TD to Keshawn Martin. Jacksonville would respond with a field goal to make it 17-7 at the break.
Houston had a little more luck after halftime, notching a 34-yard field goal. Jacksonville would respond with a trick play for their next TD; a 21-yard pass from WR Ace Sanders to Jordan Todman.
Late in the third, Keenum was replaced by ousted starter Matt Schaub, who gave the Texans some life with a 5-yard TD pass to Garrett Graham. The score would cut the Jags’ lead to a touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, defense ruled. Each team was only able to muster a field goal, and the Jaguars sacked Schaub to end Houston’s comeback attempt late in the period. Jacksonville would end up taking the game 27-20.
The victory brings the Jaguars to 4-9, giving them wins in four of their last five games. For the Texans, they’ll fall to 2-11 and seem destined to receive the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft.
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The Stars: The Jaguars’ defense helped them stay on top for the entirety of the game. They came up with three sacks and a pair of interceptions while sticking to a bend-don’t-break philosophy in the win.
Offensively, Maurice Jones-Drew had a solid overall game, with 127 total yards on 14 carries and two receptions.
On the other side, the only real standout was No. 1 WR Andre Johnson, who was a busy man on 13 receptions and 154 yards. He failed to get in the end zone, however, which ended up hurting the Texans.
The Goats: Penalties, penalties, penalties. Houston shot themselves in the foot with 14 fouls for a team-record 177 yards. Many of the flags would extend Jacksonville’s drives or stop their own cold.
The loss of Arian Foster continues to be felt; Ben Tate could only muster 53 yards on 14 carries.
Injuries: Both teams came into this game pretty banged up as a result of the short week. The Jaguars have a couple of new injury concerns, with DB Chris Prosinski and RB Maurice Jones-Drew both leaving early.
Outlook: Let’s look ahead to Week 15. The Jaguars will be staying home once again, hosting the Bills on Sunday (December 15, 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
As for the Texans, they’ll be on the road again--and sticking in the AFC South. They’ll head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts next Sunday (December 15, 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
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