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Schaub managed to put together a solid stat line with over 300 passing yards, but most of his production came in garbage time with the game out of reach.
Where Schaub failed was early in the game with his mistakes and failure to capitalize on scoring opportunities. It started with an errant pass intended for Andre Johnson in the back of the end zone on the first drive, setting the tone for the rest of the game. He also threw an ugly interception to to Rob Ninkovich to allow the Patriots to extend their lead.
This was not necessarily an awful game by Schaub, but he played directly into the narrative that he will never be good enough to get the Texans over the perceptual "hump."
Schaub is a frustrating player because he is never going to be an elite player, but he is not bad enough to justify sending to the bench. Many Houston fans may want to find a player with more upside to work with, but finding an upgrade over someone like Matt Schaub is much easier said than done. There are plenty of teams that would love to swap their quarterback depth charts with the Texans.
Schaub can be a winning quarterback, but he has to play better in playoff games in order to silence his growing number of critics.