Final

Texans 18

(5-7, 3-3 away)

Jaguars 23

(7-5, 5-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 6, 2009

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 0 7 5 618
JAX 3 17 3 023

Top Performers

Passing: D. Garrard (JAX) - 238 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: M. Jones-Drew (JAX) - 24 CAR, 76 YDS

Receiving: A. Johnson (HOU) - 7 REC, 99 YDS, 1 TD

Garrard's pair of TD passes keep Jaguars in touch with wild-card race

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When the Jacksonville Jaguars look back on this season, they might point to two games against AFC South-rival Houston.

Fast Facts

• The Jaguars swept the season series with Houston for the first time since 2005 and evened the all-time series at 8-8.

• David Garrard's 62-yard TD pass to Zach Miller in the second quarter was the longest of his career.

• Josh Scobee kicked three field goals, including a 51-yarder in the first quarter, his third 50-yard field goal this season.

• The Texans have lost four straight games after starting the season 5-3.

• Bloggers' wrapups

-- ESPN Stats & Information

And two miscues by Texans running back Chris Brown.

David Garrard threw two touchdown passes, had his first turnover-free game in a month and the Jaguars stayed in the AFC wild-card hunt with a 23-18 victory over injury-depleted, turnover-prone Houston on Sunday.

It was Jacksonville's fifth straight win at home and the team's second series sweep against the Texans (5-7) in eight years.

This one will be remembered for Brown's gaffes.

Brown, who fumbled at the goal line with 2 minutes to play in the first meeting, threw an interception on a halfback pass midway through the fourth quarter Sunday that left the Texans and Jaguars (7-5) scratching their heads.

"That's something their coach and players are going to have to live with forever," Jaguars safety Reggie Nelson said.

Brown took a handoff, started right and got pressured by cornerback Tyron Brackenridge. As he was getting hit, Brown floated a pass that safety Gerald Alexander intercepted near the goal line.

"That was very interesting," Alexander said. "Chris Brown isn't exactly Matt Schaub throwing the ball. It was crazy because I just felt something wasn't right. It didn't look like he was trying to come downhill with the ball. Brack got that pressure on him. It was like, 'Don't blow the layup.' I've just got to catch the ball and come down with it. We got the turnover, and that was big."

It was huge, really.

The strangest part? The call came on first-and-goal at the 5, with the Texans trailing 23-12 and Schaub picking apart Jacksonville's secondary after returning from a shoulder injury.

"We had what we wanted, but obviously it didn't work out," said Houston coach Gary Kubiak, who signed off on the trick play. "It's a tough spot to put Chris in, so it just ends up being a bad call by me. A poor call."

Brown said the play worked just about every time in practice. He was trying to hit tight end Joel Dreessen in the back of the end zone, but the hit didn't allow him to get much on the throw.

"When you look back at it, maybe I shouldn't have thrown it at all," Brown said. "That was big. We had points. We could have at least walked away with a field goal and unfortunately turning the ball over like that really hurt us."

The Texans got the ball back and scored on Schaub's 1-yard pass to Andre Johnson with 4:01 remaining. The 2-point conversion failed when Brackenridge broke up a pass intended for Brown.

Jacksonville picked up three first downs on the ensuing kickoff -- Maurice Jones-Drew carried seven straight times for 38 yards -- and ran out the clock.

The Jaguars rebounded from last week's 20-3 loss at San Francisco and remained in position for a wild-card berth. They have home games against Miami (6-6) and Indianapolis (12-0) up next, and finish the season on the road against Cleveland (1-10) and New England (7-5).

"It feels good," Jaguars receiver Mike Sims-Walker said. "We're happy to be in a position to play in January. There's not many teams that have hope to be thinking about the playoffs right now. We control everything. We're in full control of whatever we want to do. It feels good, but we're not content."

The Texans have lost four in a row and appear out of the playoffs for the eighth time in as many years. They played without running back Steve Slaton (shoulder) and lost Schaub on their first offensive play. Schaub separated his left shoulder when he was sacked by Derrick Harvey.

He went to the locker room for X-rays and returned in the second quarter. By then, Rex Grossman had thrown an interception -- Houston threw three picks by three different passers -- and Houston trailed 17-0.

The Jaguars scored three times in the second quarter. Garrard hit Nate Hughes for a 35-yard touchdown, then connected with Ernest Wilford for a 4-yard score. Josh Scobee added his second of three field goals.

Game notes


Jacksonville also swept the season series in 2005. ... Johnson caught seven passes for 99 yards. ... Garrard was sacked four times. ... Texans LB Xavier Adibi (hamstring) and DT Shaun Cody (ankle) were injured for Houston. ... Jaguars DT John Henderson tweaked a nagging shoulder injury but X-rays were negative. ... Jaguars TEs caught six passes for 132 yards and a TD.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
JAX
1st Downs1919
Passing 1st downs
1011
Rushing 1st downs
77
1st downs from Penalties
21
3rd down efficiency
5-158-16
4th down efficiency
1-11-2
Total Plays6168
Total Yards301323
Yards per play4.94.8
Total Drives1012
Passing233216
Comp - Att
22-3715-28
Yards per pass
6.37.7
Interceptions thrown
30
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-74-22
Rushing68107
Rushing Attempts
2236
Yards per rush
3.13.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-41-3
Penalties6-374-45
Turnovers31
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
30
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession29:5330:07

Passing Leaders

HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Schaub19/272077.7112-7
Grossman3/9333.7010-0
JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garrard15/282388.5204-22

Rushing Leaders

HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Moats12413.4010
Brown6152.518
JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones-Drew24763.2015
Jennings2147.0011

Receiving Leaders

HOURECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Johnson79914.115317
Walter45413.50216
JAXRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Miller37424.70623
Lewis14747.00471

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUJAX
jaxFG10:44Josh Scobee 51 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERHOUJAX
jaxTD14:08Nate Hughes 35 Yd Pass From David Garrard (Josh Scobee Kick) 010
jaxTD07:06Ernest Wilford 4 Yd Pass From David Garrard (Josh Scobee Kick) 017
houTD01:56Chris Brown 8 Yd Run (Kris Brown Kick) 717
jaxFG00:05Josh Scobee 46 Yd 720
THIRD QUARTERHOUJAX
houSF12:23David Garrard Tackled By Zac Diles In End Zone 920
jaxFG04:33Josh Scobee 24 Yd 923
houFG00:13Kris Brown 32 Yd 1223
FOURTH QUARTERHOUJAX
houTD04:01Andre Johnson 1 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 1823