NFL: Jacksonville 27, Houston 20

Dec. 6, 2013 at 12:22 AM
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Chad Henne threw two touchdowns to help stake Jacksonville to a 14-point lead Thursday and the Jaguars held on to defeat Houston 27-20.

After opening the season with eight straight losses, the Jaguars have won four out of five including their last three. Two of those wins have come over Houston (2-11), which has lost 11 in a row and needs a victory in December to avoid equaling the worst record in franchise history.

Henne's two scoring throws put Jacksonville in front 14-0 and a 21-yard touchdown pass by receiver Ace Sanders to Jordan Todman with 6:12 left in the third quarter gave the Jaguars a 24-10 advantage.

Houston then put together a would-be rally behind Matt Schaub, who replaced Case Keenum at quarterback late in the third period.

Schaub began by guiding the Texans 76 yards to a touchdown that came on a 5-yard throw to Garrett Graham with 1:08 to go in the third. Schaub then directed Houston 55 yards in 11 plays and the Texans cut their deficit to four points on Randy Bullock's 31-yard field goal.

Houston's next drive, however, ran out of downs inside the Jaguars' 20-yard line and Schaub was soon intercepted in his own end of the field.

After that interception Jacksonville produced a field goal with 25 seconds left that accounted for the final score.

Henne completed 12-of-27 for 117 yards. Both Keenum and Schaub had a touchdown and an interception.

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