Thoughts on the Jaguars’ 31-24 win against the Texans at EverBank Field.
What it means: The Jaguars are at 5-4, with the same record as the Titans one game behind Indianapolis. The Texans are 4-5, have a three-game losing streak, are the only team in the division with a losing record and stand alone in last place.
Miracle on grass: Glover Quin did what you’re supposed to do, though I guess he batted the Hail Mary away more than he batted it down. What are the odds it hits a receiver like Mike Thomas in a way that’s catchable? Could we look back on that one play as dictating the ultimate fortunes of Jack Del Rio and Gary Kubiak after the season? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the fourth time in NFL history that a game ended with a go-ahead touchdown reception of 50 or more yards with no time left in regulation, and it’s the first time that a home team got to celebrate such an occurrence.
What I liked, Jaguars: A fresh Maurice Jones-Drew took 24 carries 100 yards and scored twice. He helped the Jags keep the ball for 35:23. David Garrard supplemented a fine passing day with seven runs for 35 yards, Zach Miller made a big play with a 52-yard touchdown catch.
What I didn’t like, Jaguars: Johnson was open by miles on two crucial catches. How is it possible to give the league’s best receiver that sort of space? Josh Scobee, who hadn’t missed a kick all season, missed wide right from 39 and 43 yards.
What I didn’t like, Texans: Joel Dreessen’s fumble with six second left allowed Jacksonville to throw the Hail Mary that produced the winning score. Arian Foster got only 15 carries. Quin allowed Miller to slip a tackle that would have stopped him 27 yards short of the goal line on the long touchdown.
What’s next: Houston travels to New Meadowlands Stadium to face the Jets while Jacksonville hosts Cleveland.