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Houston (CBS Houston)- Houston’s final game of the 2013 season ended with a familiar sight, a Matt Schaub interception.

With Case Keenum sidelined Matt Schaub led the Texans on a nine play, 63-yard touchdown drive to start the game. The recently signed Johnathan Grimes scored his first career touchdown to cap off the opening drive.

The Titans were unable to answer until their third drive when Rob Bironas drilled a 42-yard field goal. Bironas would also close the first half with a 55-yard field goal sending the Texans to the locker room with a 7-6 lead.

In the second half Matt Schaub’s 13th pick gave way to a Chris Johnson touchdown and a 13-7 Tennessee lead. In one of the lone bright spots, J.J. Watt picked up his 10.5 sack of the season making him only the second player in franchise history to record back to back seasons with ten plus sacks.

At the start of the fourth quarter Matt Schaub fumbled for the Texans third turnover of the day giving Tennessee the ball in their own territory. The turnover set up Bironas’ third field goal of the game.

Late in the fourth quarter the Texans failed to convert a third and goal electing to kick a field goal. Wade Phillips chose to trust his defense, hoping they could get a stop and get the ball back with 2:53 left trailing 16-10.

Phillips gamble paid off and Matt Schaub took the field with with 1:06 left to go and a chance to win the game. But in what was a poetic ending to a troubled season, Mattt Schaub’s first pass was intercepted securing the Texans 14th straight loss and the number one overall pick.

Schaub finished 22-34 with 229 yards and two interceptions.

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