Texans Playoff Hopes are Now Hanging by a Thread

Houston needed a win Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles in order to stay in he thick of the hunt for their first playoff berth.

Sadly for fans of the young franchise the chance of the Texans getting that first elusive bid to the post season became a lot harder after a tough loss to Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday Night Football.

After roaring back in the third quarter to take a 24-20 lead over the Eagles the Texans appeared to be in control of the game. That was before Vick marched the Eagles down the field for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make the final score 34-24, Philadelphia.

“They are a good team and this is a tough place to play,” Schaub said of the Eagles. “We had a good plan, we kept fighting back. It just wasn’t enough in crunch time to do it.”

The Texans had their usual slow start, but appeared to get momentum in their favor after the defense held the Eagles to a field goal late in the first half following a Matt Schaub interception. Houston came out in the second half ready to go. Two drives later, both taking over six minutes of game time each, and the Texans appeared to be in complete control of the game.

That was until Michel Vick got the ball back. He answered the Texans pair of touchdown drives with two of his own to reestablish the lead at 10-points. Matt Schaub’s protection suddenly disappeared and the Texans could not move the ball. Any hopes of a comeback ended when Schaub was hit by Nate Allen and fumbled the ball.

Houston will now have to win out and hope that the rest of the division falls on hard times as well if they are going to make the post season. With the Patriots (9-2) and Steelers (8-3) as the wildcard teams it is not likely that 9-7 will earn them a wildcard spot.

"It wasn't the way we planned things to go," Schaub said. "We just have to regroup and be ready to go out and win all four (games)."

Since the AFC South formed in 2002 there has not been a 9-7 team that won the division. That could change this season though. Jacksonville currently sits in first at 6-5 due to holding the tiebreaker with Indianapolis, but has proven to be erratic on offense and have had a hard time closing out games. Kerry Collins will be in charge of the Titans for the rest of this season. While he did play well a few years ago there was a reason why he was benched after a 0-6 start last year.

The surprise of the division is the Indianapolis Colts. Besides Peyton Manning, the team cannot seem to keep any of its stars on the field. While a guy like Manning will always keep the team in the game we saw last Sunday when the Colts lost to the San Diego Chargers just how vulnerable they are this season.

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