It was supposed to be a “walk in the park”
Coming off an impressive win over Chicago, on the road in adverse weather conditions, the Texans seemingly had an easy win over the 1-8 Jacksonville Jaguars in the friendly confines of Reliant Stadium.
It almost turned into a “mugging at the mall” with Jacksonville playing the part of the bad guys.
In the first quarter, with the Texans up 7-0, Daniel Manning hit Jaguar starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert, forcing a fumble, and forcing Gabbert out of the game with a bruised elbow.
It looked like the Texans could hit cruise control and coast to an easy win.
Nobody told that to Jaguar backup quarterback Chad Henne, or rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
Henne would finish the game completing 16 passes for 354 yards and a QB rating of 126.8
Blackmon had a breakout game with 7 catches for 236 yards and a touchdown.
Matt Schaub would throw for 527 yards tying former Houston Oiler Warren Moon for 2nd in the history of the NFL.
Norm Van Brocklin set the record with 554 yards passing in 1954.
It was starting to look a little bleak for the Texans, who trailed 34-20 with 12:33 left in the game.
Could the worst team in football pull off the upset by beating the best team in football in their own backyard?
Matt Schaub found Garrett Graham in the end zone for a 1 yard TD pass to pull the Texans within 7, the defense held Jacksonville to a 3 and out, and Schaub found Garrett for his second touchdown of the game on a 5 yard pass to tie the game on the ensuing drive.
It looked like Texan kicker Shane Graham would end things as he hit a 42 yard field goal as time expired, but the Texans were hit with a false start on the play, and Graham misssed the kick from 47 yards, sending the game to overtime.
After both teams traded field goals in the extra period, Schaub threw an interception that gave the ball to Jacksonville at the Texan 47.
Jacksonville looked to be in the drivers seat, only needing a few first downs to get the ball into field goal range, but the Texan defense stopped them on four consecutive plays setting up the game winning 48 yard pass from Schaub to Johnson.
For Schaub it was his 5th touchdown pass of the game, for Johnson it capped a career high 273 yards receiving moving Houston to a 9-1 record.
A Thanksgiving Day battle in Detroit.
Will somebody please pass the dressing and potatoes?