HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans needed a quarterback change and a strong performance from their injury depleted defense, coming back from a twelve point second half deficit to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 21-20 Sunday afternoon at NRG Stadium.
Lamar Miller’s one-yard touchdown run with 2:51 remaining in the fourth gave the Texans the go-ahead score for their first and only lead of the game.
Tom Savage, a fourth-round pick of the Texans in 2014, led the comeback with a solid 23/36 260 yards through the air. Savage was not rattled during key moments of the game and while the offense struggled to finish drives with touchdowns, Savage was able to find the Texans receivers, specifically DeAndre Hopkins.
Hopkins, who has struggled this season despite being the team’s leader receiver, finished with 87 yards on eight catches.
A pair of first-half interceptions led to the deja-vu moment for Osweiler who was benched in the middle of a week-16 game in 2015 as a member of the Denver Broncos.
Osweiler, now has 16 interceptions on the season with just 14 touchdown passes, was six-for-eleven for just 48 yards and two picks at his second quarter exit.
With the Texans trailing 6-0, Osweiler threw a second-down pass behind DeAndre Hopkins allowing the Jaguars Telvin Smith to jump in for the interception and returned it to the Houston 37. On the ensuing Jaguars possession, Blake Bortles would run it in from the one-yard line to put the Jaguars up 13-0.
Both teams struggled to move the ball in a scoreless first quarter. The Jaguars would score first on a 26 yard field goal by Jason Myers and led 3-0 with 14:10 remaining in the second.
After Osweiler’s benching, the Texans slowly made their comeback with Nick Novak kicking four field goals.
The Texans keep pace with the Tennessee Titans who defeated the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in a comeback victory of their own to move to 8-6 and tied with the Texans for first in the AFC South. The Texans currently hold the tiebreaker over the Titans, but the two teams meet in the final game of the season on January 1.
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