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Jaguars vs. Texans Week 12 live blog

todayNovember 26, 2023


The Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3) take on the Houston Texans (6-4) at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday at NRG Stadium.

Follow along here for live updates and key highlights from the game!

First quarter

Houston received the first-half kickoff and opened the game with a 16-yard completion to Tank Dell off play action. The Jaguars shaped up quickly and forced a Texans punt three plays later. On its first possession, Jacksonville went 65 yards in 12 plays — including an 18-yard pickup by Christian Kirk on 3rd-and-11 — and eventually settled for a 40-yard field goal.

Jaguars 3, Texans 0

A first down holding penalty by Houston spurned a three-and-out. Parker Washington went 22 yards on the punt return to set Jacksonville up at its own 45-yard line, but the Jaguars punted themselves after two incompletions and a 4-yard run on 3rd-and-10. Cam Robinson left the game with a knee injury and is questionable to return.

Second quarter

The Texans picked up one first down before a Roy Robertson-Harris sack put them into a 3rd-and-15 situation. C.J. Stroud rolled left and heaved a 62-yard pass to Dell, but lucky for Jacksonville, Houston was penalized for an illegal shift.

The Jaguars got the ball back and drove 68 yards in 8 plays, highlighted by a 42-yard screen pass to D’Ernest Johnson and capped by a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Trevor Lawrence.

Jaguars 10, Texans 0

Houston responded with a big screen of its own as Devin Singletary took a short pass 33 yards to Jacksonville’s 8-yard line. Stroud threw a touchdown to Dell one play later.

Jaguars 10, Texans 7

Jacksonville’s following possession began with a false start by Walker Little, who replaced Robinson at left tackle. A 42-yard rumble by Luke Farrell put the Jaguars in scoring position, and Kirk had a nice catch on 3rd-and-5 to keep moving the chains, but Brandon McManus eventually kicked a 48-yard field goal after a potential touchdown sailed through Calvin Ridley’s hands on 3rd-and-15.

Jaguars 13, Texans 7

Stroud led the Texans down the field with about two minutes remaining in the half, but the Jaguars got a stop after a 3rd-and-9 pass to Dell was narrowly ruled out of bounds. Houston’s Matt Ammendola missed a 50-yard field goal wide right. Jacksonville had a chance to score after Christian Kirk took a pass 57 yards to the 1-yard line, but with a second remaining on the clock, Travis Etienne was stuffed at the goal line to keep it a 6-point game.

Third quarter

Jacksonville got the ball to start the second half and picked up two first downs, but on a 2nd-and-1 near midfield, Lawrence threw an interception trying to squeeze a ball to Evan Engram on an RPO. The refs missed a blatant holding call that disrupted Engram’s route.

Houston drove 46 yards in 7 plays, including a 22-yard catch by Nico Collins, and cashed in with a 1-yard score by Stroud.

Jaguars 13, Texans 14

Ridley put some respect back on his name with a 45-yard completion, via a play action deep crosser, to start Jacksonville’s next drive. The Jaguars got some referee karma back from their last possession as well, as two pass interference calls on Houston’s Tavierre Thomas set the good guys up on the goal line. After an Etienne run went for none and a Farrell target was knocked incomplete, Lawrence found Ridley in the back of the endzone for a touchdown. 16 and 0 connected on a similar play on the ensuing two-point conversion to create a 7-point lead.

Jaguars 21, Texans 14

Stroud found Collins wide open downfield for 22 yards after a run fake to begin Houston’s seventh offensive possession. Two plays later on 3rd-and-6, Josh Allen sacked Stroud to tie his career high (10.5) become Jacksonville’s second all-time sack leader (38). The Texans punted for the first time since early in the second quarter.

Fourth quarter

Lawrence completed three straight passes — 12 yards to Etienne, 18 yards to Ridley, and 8 yards to Engram — to push the Jaguars past midfield. Penalties derailed the drive, as a hold on Walker Little cost 10 yards on 1st down and an illegal formation erased a 4th-and-1 pickup by Lawrence. McManus was still able to nail a 53-yarder to extend the lead.

Jaguars 24, Texans 14

Once again, Jacksonville’s defense allowed a big pickup on first down but held firm immediately after. The Texans got to 3rd-and-1, then Stroud threw two incompletions to give the Jaguars the ball near midfield. They picked up just 9 net yards and McManus missed a 55-yard field goal. Stroud responded by driving 55 yards in 5 plays for a touchdown, featuring a 34-yard throw to Xavier Hutchinson.

Jaguars 24, Texans 21

The Jaguars started their next possession with 5 minutes left in the game, and Etienne broke off a 20 yard run to help churn the clock. Jacksonville wasn’t able to pick up any yards in the next three plays, though, and Logan Cooke pinned Houston on its 11-yard line. The Texans picked up two first downs, but Allen notched his second sack to make it 2nd-and-25 going into the two-minute morning. Stroud had passes of 17 and 14 yards to get a first down, but then he was brought down again by Allen and Travon Walker. The Texans eventually got to Jacksonville’s 39-yard line with a few seconds remaining — Ammendola’s 58-yard kick to tie the game hit the crossbar and fell short to give the Jaguars the win.

Written by: Gus Logue

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