Houston (CBS Houston) – The Houston Texans turned around a 2-14 season in 2013 to a 9-7 campaign in 2014 with a 23-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The win on Sunday left the Texans on the outside looking in on the playoffs despite receiving help from the Kansas City Chiefs, who beat the San Diego Chargers, but the Baltimore Ravens were able to take care of business against the Browns and secure the 6th seed in the AFC.
J.J. Watt did make a bid for the NFL MVP during the final game of the season, recording 3 sacks, a forced fumble and a safety for the Texans today in the win, a second win for Case Keenum.
Keenum, in his second start for the Texans, immediately went to to work on the Jaguars defense in the Texans opening drive.
His first pass was a big completion over the middle to Andre Johnson for a large gain. Another Andre Johnson first down reception kept the chains moving for the Texans as they moved down the field. A sweep play to the other Johnson, Damaris, went for 34-yards to set the Texans up in the red zone. Arian Foster would complete the drive hauling in a 10-yard touchdown catch. 7-0 Texans.
Two J.J. Watt sacks would derail the Jaguars ensuing drive resulting in a 53-yard field goal for the Jaguars. The Texans would hold the lead 7-3.
The Jaguars defense would bounce back bringing visions of 2013 into Texans fans heads. Keenum’s pass over the middle was thrown behind DeAndre Hopkins and intercepted. Dwayne Gratz would return the interception for a touchdown to give the Jaguars a 10-7 lead.
Arian Foster would leave the field with a hamstring injury after the teams traded punts midway through the 2nd quarter. He would not return.
An extended Texans drive which saw Keenum convert two third and long situations, one with a run and the other with a screen to Jonathan Grimes. The Texans would convert another 3rd down thanks to a Jaguars penalty leading to a 3rd down Alfred Blue touchdown run to give the Texans the lead they would take into half time 14-10.
The Texans would open the second half with a punt on their opening possession. A decent Jaguars return followed by a few big runs put Jacksonville into Texans territory before the drive stalled out. Josh Scobee’s second field goal attempt of the day hit the left upright and bounced out to keep the Texans ahead.
The two teams would trade punts before the Texans took over deep in their own territory. Case Keenum was sacked fumbling the ball which was recovered by the Jaguars. The first play for the Jacksonville offense was a trick play where wide receiver Cecil Shorts passed the ball to running back Jordan Todman for a touchdown. The Texans trailed 17-14.
The Texans would answer. An 80-yard drive took six minutes and 11 seconds and ended with a Keenum touchdown pass to Andre Johnson. It was Johnson’s 10th catch of the game. He had 134 yards receiving to go along with the touchdown.
When Jacksonville took possession on their next drive J.J. Watt knifed into the Jaguars backfield and sacked Blake Bortles for a safety giving the Texans a 23-17 lead. It was Watt’s 20th sack of the year. He is the first player in NFL history to have two seasons of 20 or more sacks.
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