JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Mike Thomas caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from David Garrard that Houston defensive back Glover Quin batted into his hands on the final play in regulation, giving the Jacksonville Jaguars a 31-24 win over the Texans on Sunday.
The game looked as if it was going to overtime, but Garrard heaved a pass toward the end zone with no time on the clock. Quin, who was burned all afternoon, tried to bat the ball to the ground. Instead, he knocked it right to Thomas.
Thomas, who was trailing behind the pass and looking for a ricochet, caught it at the 1-yard line and then stepped across the goal line for the winner.
The Jaguars (5-4) went into a frenzy and even drew a celebration penalty that couldn't be enforced. The Texans (4-5) trudged off the field in disbelief. It was Houston's third straight loss, dropping them from the top of the AFC South to the bottom.
The Jaguars had a chance to take the lead in the closing minutes, but Josh Scobee yanked a 43-yard field goal left. It was his second miss of the game after making 14 in a row to start the season. Scobee missed a 39-yarder wide right on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Scobee's second shank gave Houston the ball with a chance to win it, but the Texans needed to drive 67 yards in 1:34 with no timeouts. They moved the ball some and got close to field-goal range, but Joel Dreessen fumbled on a third-and-15 play.
At the time, it didn't look like it wouldn't matter — certainly not with 8 seconds remaining. Had Dreessen maintained possession, it would have fourth down. Houston couldn't have spiked the ball to stop the clock and didn't have enough time to get the field-goal unit lined up.
It turned out to be crucial, though.
Garrard found Marcedes Lewis in the left flat for an 11-yard gain, then Houston's Antonio Smith jumped offside. The extra 5 yards was big, too. So with 3 seconds remaining, Garrard dropped back, rolled left and then threw high and deep to Mike Sims-Walker.
The ball never quite got to Sims-Walker.
It ended up perfectly in Thomas' hands, though.