10 interceptions: The pick-six that wasn't

February, 25, 2014
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As I pored through the archives to identify the plays that defined the Texans' 2013 season, a trend surfaced.

Many of the biggest moments happened because of interceptions.

There were other big moments and big plays, of course. But all together the Texans threw 22 interceptions during the season, and they changed the direction of the team.

We began yesterday with a positive interception moment -- inside linebacker Brian Cushing's pick six against the San Diego Chargers in Week 1.

But as I mentioned in that post, that play didn't foreshadow positive things for the rest of the Texans season. The better foreshadowing came much earlier in that game. We continue there.

9. The pick-six that wasn't

How could anyone have known that the first offensive play of the Texans' 2013 season was a harbinger of things to come?

Matt Schaub looked left for tight end Owen Daniels and threw his first pass of 2013 straight into Chargers linebacker Jarret Johnson's hands. Had Johnson caught it, he might have scored. Instead, he tipped it to a teammate for Schaub's first interception of the season.

It was a bad start to a bad first half for the Texans in that late Monday night game to open the season. Of course, it didn't seem to matter by the end of the night as the Texans recovered from a three-touchdown deficit to win the game.

Schaub's luck didn't last much longer, though. The pick-six streak began the next week.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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