Jaguars vs. Texans: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis

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Jaguars vs. Texans: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis
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The Houston Texans escaped with a 43-37 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars after trailing by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Heading into this contest, these two AFC South teams were on opposite ends of most NFL power rankings. The Texans boasted an 8-1 record, while the Jaguars were burdened by a shameful 1-8 mark.

This game had all the potential to be a rout, but Jacksonville stormed into Houston and looked like a completely different team. Chad Henne was incredible after replacing an injured Blaine Gabbert early in the game, and he threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns. 

Jacksonville's passing offense torched the heralded Houston secondary, as Henne's passes down the field were incredibly accurate. He had touchdown passes of 67 and 81 yards. 

The longer score went to Justin Blackmon, who had a career day. The rookie caught seven passes for 236 yards and a touchdown. 

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The Jaguars came into the game ranked 31st in the NFL in passing yards and 30th in rushing yardage. The Texans defense ranked third in yardage allowed on the ground and through the air, but Jacksonville had 458 yards in total offense in this game. 

Blackmon's 81-yard TD gave the Jaguars a 34-20 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Matt Schaub orchestrated a drive that was capped off with a one-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Graham, and the Texans pulled within seven points. 

Schaub then marched right back down the field and found Graham again to tie the game with less than two minutes remaining. Each team had a chance to orchestrate a game-winning drive, but the contest ended up in overtime. 

The Texans had the ball first in the extra period and managed to get a field goal. The Jags responded with three points, pushing the game into a sudden-death scenario. The teams traded possessions, and with the second tie of the NFL season looming, Schaub found Andre Johnson for a 48-yard touchdown pass. 

The play capped off Johnson's 14-catch, 273-yard performance and pushed Schaub's totals to 527 yards and five touchdowns.

 

Twitter Reaction

Faux John Madden summed up how NFL fans felt about this matchup before kickoff:

ESPN's John Clayton noted that the game-changing play in this matchup was when Henne stepped onto the field:

But NHL.com's Dan Rosen noted that nothing was as it seemed in this bizarre game:

Confusion and excitement were both prevalent emotions from spectators. The Dan Le Batard Show expressed both over Chad Henne's performance:

ESPN's Trey Wingo and ESPN Stats & Info provided numbers to show how unexpected the Jags offense's performance truly was:

NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano made sure Andre Johnson's performance did not go unnoticed and noted that this game made history:

HoustonTexans.com's Nick Scurfield recapped the play that finally brought this game to an end:

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