The Houston Texans’ Matt Schaub’s 62nd pass of the night went for a overtime sudden death dagger pick-six by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson. Wilson’s interception for a touchdown dashed the Texans’ hopes at the playoffs, pending a complete meltdown by the Jaguars and Colts. Interestingly, this loss doesn’t fall completely on the defense. This time, the Houston Texans pulled its usual fashion loss: gain momentum to let go for the disappointing, no-chance loss.
The Houston Texans’ 489 total yards at Reliant Stadium on Monday night wasn’t enough against Joe Flacco and the sturdy Ravens’ defense. In the first half, the Texans’ offense stuttered and failed to start. With only eight first downs, the Texans had a measley 188 first half offensive yards. Flacco had two touchdowns and Willis McGahee capped in his own running touchdown in the goal line. By the end of the half, the Texans’ sideline looked worn out and ready to take the loss.
The second half started off in a different setting on Battle Red Day, as declared today by Houston Mayor Anise Parker. Through many Ravens’ pushes, the Texans kept on and eventually caught a Ravens’ 28-20 Texans lead with an Andre Johnson touchdown and Jacoby Jones two-point conversion. However, Jones took a while to get going. The first Jacoby Jones sighting took place in the third quarter when the Texans converted a huge fourth down with a Jones 26-yard reception. However, Jones, like the rest of the Texans receivers outside of Andre Johnson, dropped ball after ball into the final six minutes of the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, Andre Johnson, David Anderson, Arian Foster, Owen Daniels, and Jacoby Jones all stepped up for Matt Schaub who went for 393 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. He brought the Texans up to the 28-28 fourth quarter tie in the final minute of the game. Johnson finished the game with 140 receiving yards and the two touchdowns. The tie led the Texans and Ravens into overtime where the Ravens’ and former Texas Longhorn Corey Redding won the toss and called, “we won.”
The Texans’ defense stepped up in overtime, much like it showed glimpses of in the fourth quarter. For the first time this season, Matt Schaub can appropriately take the blame for the loss. Frank Bush’s defense stepped up and pressured Flacco in so many ways. Pollard hawked the line. Cushing pushed through for blitzes and Ray Rice tackle for losses. The energy led to an impeccable overtime standout defensive performance; however, Schaub’s third down pass in his own endzone was for the Josh Wilson interception and win.
The Texans’ defense proved again, like it did against the Jets and Tennessee, the defense can prove strong. Yet, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak proved yet again he’s a reactor, not a game planner. Wasting the first half to test the waters is becoming a regular game plan for coach Kubiak, who is now the only head coach in the NFL without a playoff birth in five seasons. Additionally, while Schaub ended up with two interceptions, one for the game, he also led a 91 and 99 yard drive for touchdowns.