Get this, the Jaguars just allowed Matt Schaub (the man who averaged 223 yards per game in 2012) to pass for the second most yards in NFL history.
Schaub tied with Warren Moon (1990 vs Kansas City Chiefs) behind Norm Van Brocklin (554 vs St. Louis Rams in 1951) with 527 yards for the second most…ever.
Schaub’s final stat line runs like this: 43/55 for 527 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions. He completed 16 straight passes to overcome a 14 point deficit in the fourth quarter.
The main recipient of Schaub’s big day was 31 year-old wide receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson, a man who always seems ageless and is always capable of dominating the game, caught 14 of Schaub’s 43 completed passes for a whopping 273 yards and a score. Johnson caught the overtime game winning touchdown on a 48 yard screen pass. Johnson had 597 yards through nine games heading into this one. He combined with Justin Blackmon (236 yards) for the second 200+ receiving duo on opposite teams, ever.
Schaub’s big day also led to two touchdowns for tight end Garret Graham, one for James Casey, and one for Keshawn Martin.
For an offense that had traditionally dominated its games with its running game behind Arian Foster, the Texans changed it up and dominated through the air. Foster managed only 77 yards on 28 carries against a usually porous Jaguar run defense. The Jaguars pass rush was mediocre – two sacks for CJ Mosley – and Schaub was playing pitch-and-catch with his receivers. His two interceptions were bound to happen when you toss the ball 55 times and are forced to take more difficult shots than you would like. Either way, the Jaguars failed to slow down Schaub and Johnson.
Whether the Jaguars simply go down as a footnote in the Texans’ run to the
playoffs Super Bowl or this game gets re-run on NFL Network in years to come, it’s tough to deny the offensive brilliance coming from the Texans against a highly overmatched defense.
- Luke N. Sims
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