EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. —The Texans are still undefeated — but very nearly let this one slip away.
Arian Foster ran for 152 yards and a touchdown, and Houston stayed unbeaten by defeating the Jets for the first time in team history, 23-17 Monday night.
With a chance to lead the Jets on a winning drive, Mark Sanchez was intercepted by Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson on a pass that tipped off the hands of tight end Jeff Cumberland with 1:51 remaining as the Texans joined the Atlanta Falcons as the NFL's only teams without a loss through five games.
The Jets were heavy underdogs coming off a 34-0 loss to San Francisco last week, but they made a game of it. Backup quarterback Tim Tebow got the crowd fired up at times, including running for a first down on a fake punt, but had little impact otherwise.
A 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Joe McKnight cut the Jets' deficit to 20-14 in the third quarter.
Tebow made an early impact. He threw a pinpoint deep pass to newcomer Jason Hill, but the receiver dropped it in the first quarter. And on the first play of the second quarter, the former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida gained 3 yards on a fake punt to pick up a first down.
Matt Schaub was 14-of-28 for 209 yards and a touchdown to Owen Daniels, winning his ninth straight game — the longest active streak in the NFL — dating to last season.
Houston linebacker Brian Cushing left with a left knee injury in the second quarter.