Texans' D comes through vs Jags, but Lions next

Associated Press Modified: November 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012
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The Texans' defense finally threw Henne off and he completed only two passes the rest of the final quarter and overtime. Houston held Jacksonville to 14 yards and no first downs on its last two series in regulation, giving the offense a chance for the comeback.

"I couldn't be much prouder of a group under pressure," Phillips said. "We don't usually give up big plays, but we did in that ballgame. Our team, obviously on both sides of the ball, but I thought our defense really came through at the end. With the pressure on you, the game's on the line, you find out a lot about people, and I thought we found out a lot of good things."

The Texans have talked about finishing the season as the league's No. 1 defense. They've slipped to No. 4 overall and have one of their most demanding tests of the season coming up — the Lions are averaging 401.7 yards per game and 301.8 yards passing.

The Jaguars' offense ranked as one of the league's worst coming into Sunday's game, and Phillips took some blame for the early breakdowns. He didn't change much late in the game; he just saw his defense finally start making some plays.

"Things happen in a ballgame that you don't expect sometimes," Phillips said. "I did think we adjusted. He (Henne) hit two out of his last 13 passes, so I thought we did a good job of just playing what we play, and playing it better."

Notes: Kubiak said RB Ben Tate (hamstring) and LB Tim Dobbins (shoulder) will be game-time decisions. Tate, who's missed the last three games, worked out with trainers on Tuesday, separate from his teammates. "It was very positive," Kubiak said. "What we're looking at is how he comes out of the hard work." ... Phillips said LB Darryl Sharpton will start in Detroit. Sharpton made four solo tackles in Sunday's win, his first game since coming back from tearing his right quadriceps in October 2011.

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