Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Texans 43, Jaguars 37, OT

HOUSTON — Andre Johnson had the game of his life to save the Texans on Sunday.

Johnson finished a career day by turning a screen pass from Matt Schaub into a 48-yard sprint for the winning touchdown as Houston rallied to beat Jacksonville 43-37.

"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."

Schaub threw a career-high five touchdowns, completed a franchise-record 43 passes and finished with 527 yards in the air, second-most in NFL history. Warren Moon also threw for 527 for the Houston Oilers in December 1990 in Kansas City. Norm Van Brocklin holds the record with 554 for the Rams in 1951.

Johnson caught 14 passes for 273 yards, both career highs; the yardage was a team record. He turned 31 in July but has been saying for weeks that he's feeling as fit and healthy as he ever has.

"Maybe you guys will believe me after that," Johnson told the media.

The former college star at Miami seemed to be open all day and was uncovered again when Schaub flipped him the short pass for the decisive score.

"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 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.' "

Houston trailed 34-20 with 12 minutes left, but Schaub completed 16 consecutive throws to launch the comeback.

The Texans won an overtime game for the first time at Reliant Stadium. The Jaguars have lost three road games in overtime.

"I told them afterward, we didn't come here for a tie," Jacksonville coach Mike Mularkey said. "We had some chances. We just did not make some of the plays that we haven't made throughout the year."

Chad Henne stepped in to relieve injured Blaine Gabbert (bruised right elbow) and the former Dolphin threw a career-high four touchdowns.

Henne hit Justin Blackmon for a stunning 81-yard touchdown with 12:33 left in regulation to put Jacksonville up 34-20. But Schaub threw two touchdowns to tight end Garrett Graham in the final 5:39 to force overtime.

Shayne Graham and Josh Scobee kicked field goals in overtime to set up sudden death. It was the first time since the league's new overtime rules were enacted this season that both teams have scored in the extra period.

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