Osweiler benched for Savage as Texans beat Jags 21-20

Dec 19, 2016, 00:31

Tom Savage has replaced Brock Osweiler at QB.

Tom Savage led a fourth-quarter rally after entering in the second quarter, guiding the Houston Texans to a 21-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at NRG Stadium. Savage then entered the game with 8:31 left in the second quarter. For an offense that has struggled and been forced to find their identity through the run game this season, that is a huge step for the Texans, who need to find some consistency from their offense.

Savage finished 23-of-36 passing for 260 yards, but didn't throw any touchdown passes or interceptions. Osweiler's 6-of-11 for 48 yards was good for a 26.1 rating. Houston defensive unit held Blake Bortles to just 12-of-28 through the air for 92 yards and one interception. He has 16 interceptions and 14 touchdown passes.

Houston's defense was led by Jadeveon Clowney, who had a sack and three tackles for losses. Texans kicker Nick Novak booted four field goals (39, 45, 43 and 27) before Savage engineered an eight-play, 52-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard touchdown run by Lamar Miller with 2:51 to play.

The Bears (3-11) had tied it on a field goal by Connor Barth with 1:19 left. Osweiler provided Jacksonville all the momentum, and field position, needed to build that lead to 13-0 before his benching. Nick Novak was a ideal 4-of-4 with field goals from 39, 45, 43 and 27 yards. He was dominant for the Houston offensive line and a big reason why the team was unable to score an offensive touchdown in the second half (the only touchdown was a kickoff return by Marqise Lee).

The Jaguars took an early 13-0 lead, after Brock Osweiler threw interceptions on back-to-back possessions.

With less than two minutes remaining in the first half, Savage led the Texans on a six-play, 40-yard scoring drive with back-to-back passes to Ryan Griffin and DeAndre Hopkins.

Houston's first points of the game came on a safety when Jacksonville was called for offensive holding enforced from its own endzone.

Jaguars: Host Tennessee on Saturday.

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