Houston falls into Last in AFC South after Loss to Jaguars

The last thing the Houston Texans want to hear is that old saying about how that’s the way the ball bounces after the Jaguars game Sunday.


Sunday they were right in the thick of another tough division contest, this time with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the end it was another gut-wrenching loss for the Texans when the Hail Mary pass by Jaguars QB David Garrard actually worked handing Houston a 31-24 loss.

The Houston Texans came into the 2010 season with high hopes of competing for the division crown and making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Through the first four weeks of the season both goals appeared to be within reach. Five weeks later and the Texans would likely do anything just to get another win.

Once again the Texans got off to a slow start scoring only one field goal in the first half and falling behind 17-3. The stage appeared to be set for another big second half, and in the early part of the third quarter it seemed as if the Texans were going to have just that when Arian Foster closed the gasp to seven after a one yard touchdown run to open the half. Houston QB Matt Schaub later connected with Andre Johnson to tie the game at 17-17 with five minutes left in the third quarter.

Both teams scored another touchdown to tie the game at 24-24 late in the final period. The back and forth contest began to take on the trappings of a game destined for overtime especially after Josh Scobee missed a 43-yard field goal with a 1:34 left on the clock. Houston gave a good effort in trying to close out the game in regulation, but saw their efforts halted just past midfield when Joel Dreesen fumbled.

With just eight ticks on the clock there was not much hope that the Jaguars could do something. However, rather than just take a knee and go to overtime they went ahead and ran a couple plays, one of them a now infamous 50-yard hail Mary pass caught by Mike Thomas to win the game for Jacksonville.

"That’s sad," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said. "We had our chance to win it…The last play of the game is just inexcusable. What can I say? Another disappointment. I really don't have the words to describe how that feels."

The season is not over for the Texans by any means, but the road will be up hill for the time being. At 4-5 they are just two games behind the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South and a game behind the Jaguars and Tennessee Titans. With two games coming against the Titans in the next few weeks and a season finale against the Jaguars that could very well have playoff implications the sky is still the limit.

If they are going to have a chance thought they will need to figure out how to slow down opposing offenses and put the ball back into Matt Schaub’s hands more often. Jacksonville’s offense is ranked in the bottom half of the league yet managed to roll up close to 500 yards against Houston.

The team will have their hands full trying to get back to .500 next week when they travel east to play the New York Jets, the 11th ranked offense in the league.
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