The Houston Texans survived – yes, survived- the surprising passing attack of the Chad Henne lead Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday to win in overtime 43-37.
Receiver Andre Johnson made the play of the game with 4:21 left in OT when he caught a screen pass from quarterback Matt Schaub and proceeded to sprint 48 yards for the game winning score. The touchdown ended all hopes for the visiting Jags, who almost stunned the best team in the AFC on their home field.
"It was a perfect call," said Johnson, who ended up with a career-high 273 yards on 14 catches. "Everything just opened up. I just took off running."
With 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Schaub completed 16 throws in a row to start the comeback that ultimately culminated with Johnson's dramatic game ending TD.
"When I caught the ball, and I saw how open I was, I was looking around like, 'Where are the defenders at?' " Johnson said. "I took off running, I kept looking. I thought the cornerback would come from the outside, but he wasn't there. It was just the safety, so I was just saying to myself, 'I can't let him tackle me.' "
The Texans have perhaps the most feared defense in the league but on this afternoon it was Johnson who played the role of boogeyman against the desperate Jags. Schaub also had a career day as he tied a record set by ex-Oilers quarterback Warren Moon for the second most yards in NFL history with 527 yards and five TDs.
"I love him," said Schaub of Johnson after the game. "I love the way he plays. He gives me a chance to look good and that's what he did today. It was special. That's just Andre."
After a quiet start to the year Johnson has returned to form as the scoring machine fantasy owners have salivated over every season. Johnson dropped a pass early in the game, shook it off and made sure his team was always in striking distance during the week's most thrilling game.
Houston proved they can successfully win a shootout from behind despite having a terrifying rushing attack and the second-ranked defense in the NFL. Just take a look. Arian Foster only averaged 2.8 yards per carry. The defense gave up 458 yards. Neither of the aforementioned facets were particularly effective today and If you read those stats without knowing the score you'd assume the Texans lost this game, but the combination of Johnson and Schaub just proved that they are the most dangerous team in the AFC.
All the good teams find a way to win, no matter if it's ugly, pretty or whatever," Johnson said. "In the win column, it either says 'W' or 'L.' They don't ask how you got it done."
The Houston Texans move to 9-1 on the season while the Jacksonville Jaguars fall to 1-9.
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