Texans outlast Jaguars for 43-37 OT win

Associated Press Published: November 18, 2012
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HOUSTON (AP) — Chad Henne had a career day filling in for the injured Blaine Gabbert.

Unfortunately for struggling Jacksonville (1-9), he couldn't make a play when the Jaguars needed it most.

Henne threw for 354 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, but an incompletion on fourth-and-10 in overtime gave Houston the ball. Then Andre Johnson caught a 48-yard pass to give the Texans (9-1) a 43-37 win Sunday.

"We need to score touchdowns," Henne said. "When we start doing that as an offense — ending games — that's when you know we are getting better and proving we belong on the field."

Matt Schaub threw for 527 yards and career-high five scores, and Johnson finished with a career-high 273 yards receiving as the Texans rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit for the victory.

Schaub's yards passing are the second most in NFL history. Warren Moon also threw for 527 yards for the Houston Oilers in December 1990 against Kansas City. Norm Van Brocklin holds the record with 554 for the Rams in 1951.

Henne took over for Gabbert after he bruised his right elbow on a hit on Jacksonville's first series. Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey didn't have any details of Gabbert's injury after the game.

Mularkey thought Henne did a nice job, but wouldn't say who will start for his team next week.

"After I evaluate the tape, a decision will be made," he said.

Henne made some big completions to rookie receiver Justin Blackmon, who had a season-high seven catches for 236 yards.

"He has gotten better and better and better every week, and today was good for him and good for our team to see that," Mularkey said of Blackmon, a first-round pick. "I'm sure it will carry over."

Blackmon was happy to have a breakout game after a slow start to the season.

"I've been waiting a while for it," he said. "Everything was clicking as an offense in the passing game."

Houston had a shot to win it earlier in overtime, but Schaub was intercepted by Derek Cox. But the Texans got another chance after Jacksonville's offense stalled to set up Johnson's winner.

"We have to be able to make the play to finish the game, and we almost did it in overtime," Jacksonville linebacker Paul Posluszny said. "It was not good enough. We had great effort, but we needed a little bit more."

The teams exchanged field goals in overtime to tie it 37-37.

Houston could have won it in regulation, but Shayne Graham's field goal attempt from 47 yards was wide left. It would have been from 42, but the Texans had a false start when they first lined up to kick it.

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