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Published: Mon, December 19, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Tom Savage leads Texans to comeback win after Brock Osweiler benching


He had a passer rating of 26.1.

With no timeouts, the Packers downed the ball before Crosby booted his victor. Texans QB Brock Osweiler tossed his 16th interception on the season before being benched in the second quarter.

The Texans, led by backup quarterback Tom Savage, rallied from a 13-point deficit to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 21-20 at NRG Stadium.

The victory for Houston keeps the Texans atop the AFC South, thanks to a tiebreaker with the Tennessee Titans. But Houston controls its playoff future with a 5-0 mark in the division.

Savage needed until the fourth quarter to get the Texans to the end zone, with Lamar Miller doing the honors after a parade of field goals and a safety. Savage replaced Brock Osweiler with 8:31 remaining in the first half after Osweiler tossed a pair of interceptions that the Jaguars (2-12) converted into 10 points. The move was met with a huge ovation from the home crowd that had been booing Osweiler for most of the day. The Jaguars were flagged for pass interference twice on that drive to set up the score.

Osweiler has struggled in his first season in Houston after signing a $72m contract to join the Texans from Denver. So far this season, the quarterback is completing less than 60 percent of his passes and has as many interceptions (14) as he does touchdowns (14). Savage immediately provided a spark off the bench, engineering a drive that stalled at the Jaguars 1-yard line on an inexplicable fade pass to Hopkins on fourth down before leading the way to the first offensive score following a Texans safety. Indianapolis (6-7) is one game back while Jacksonville (2-11) is out of contention. It was their first kick return touchdown since 2007.

The win was the eighth in nine games for the Giants (10-4) and it gave them their best record through 14 games since 2008, when they opened 11-3. Nick Novak was a ideal 4-of-4 with field goals from 39, 45, 43 and 27 yards.

Houston's defense was led by Jadeveon Clowney, who had a sack and three tackles for losses.

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