Instant Replay: Texans embarrassed in SF

Instant Replay: Texans embarrassed in SF
October 6, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Schaub after loss: 'I'm better than I'm playing'


Now it’s time to panic.

The Texans prepared all week, flew 1,645 miles to California for a nationally televised game and lost before the fans in San Francisco settled into their seats.

Matt Schaub’s first pass – on the third offensive play of the game – was intercepted by Tramaine Brock, who ran 18 yards into the end zone for a touchdown.

Game over.

The Texans went on to lose 34-3 to the 49ers. It’s the team’s third straight loss and this one can be directly attributed to the starting quarterback. Schaub has thrown a pick-6 in four consecutive games.

Schaub has dealt with an overwhelming amount of criticism in recent weeks. Leading up to Sunday’s game against the 49ers, the team publicly backed him. But on Sunday, he made even more terrible mistakes. Schaub was benched for backup T.J. Yates in the second half after his third interception.

What made Schaub so effective last season was how few interceptions he threw. He had just 12 all year. He had three on Sunday and through five games in 2013, he has thrown nine, four of which have been returned for touchdowns. After the game, head coach Gary Kubiak said Schaub is still the starter.

The turning point
The third play of the game. Schaub’s interception put the Texans in a hole and they never climbed out.

What it means
The Texans are now 2-3 as they head home for next week’s game. After two tough wins to start the season, they have lost their last three. They are two full games behind the Colts in the AFC South standings.

Key stat
Through five games, Texans’ turnovers have led to 58 points from the opposition. Matt Schaub interceptions account for 52 of them.  

Offensive hero
Arian Foster had a good game. He had 98 yards on 21 carries.

Offensive zero
Schaub. No need to add more.

Colin Kaepernick wasn’t very good for the 49ers either. He completed 6 of 15 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. He ran once for 14 yards.

Defensive hero
J.J. Watt played very well again. He was disruptive, hitting Kaepernick and Gore in the backfield. He’s unstoppable. In fact, the Texans’ defense played pretty well as a whole.

Brock was fantastic for the 49ers. He had two interceptions in the first half and nearly had another. He scored a touchdown on the first interception early in the first quarter.

Defensive zero
The Texans’ defense played pretty well but Ed Reed was beaten by Vernon Davis for a long touchdown play in the second half.  

Did you know?
When Schaub threw a pick-6 on his first pass of the game, he became the first player since the merger to throw pick-6s in four consecutive games.
Who's next?
The Texans are home next week to take on the Rams (2-3). St. Louis is coming off a 34-20 win over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. After the home game, the Texans are on the road for one more game before the bye week. They’ll play the Chiefs (5-0) in Kansas City.

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