Mike Thomas catches a Hail Mary to beat the Texans, 31-24

JACKSONVILLE FL - NOVEMBER 14: Mike Thomas #80 of the Jacksonville Jaguars walks off the field after winning a game against the Houston Texans at EverBank Field on November 14 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Mike Thomas had a career day against the Houston Texans, including quite possibly the play of the year in the National Football League. At the 50 yard line with seconds left in the football game, Jaguars quarterback David Garrard heaved the ball to the endzone. Houston Texans defensive back Glover Quin leaped in the air and did what defensive backs are taught to do on the Hail Mary, swat the ball down.

Unfortunately for Quin, he swatted the ball past tight end Marcedes Lewis, right into the gut of wide receiver Mike Thomas.

Jags win.


At least, that's how Gus Johnson called the play on television. It was only the fourth time in NFL history that a game ended on a game-winning touchdown of 50 or more yards with no time left on the clock.

David Garrard put together a great performance that got off to a shaky start. On the opening drive, Garrard nearly had two passes intercepted, one on a screen pass he threw falling backwards and one in the endzone that was broken up by Kassim Osgood. Garrard was able to pull himself together though and lead the team to a 17-3 lead at half-time, with two touchdown runs by Maurice Jones-Drew.

After the half however, the game got worrisome. The Houston Texans were third in the NFL in second half points, and they were able to make that evident, scoring 21 points in the second half. The Texans came screaming back and after a dropped pass on third down by Mike Sims-Walker that would have been a first down, the Texans tied the football game. On the very next drive, David Garrard hit Zach Miller on a long touchdown grab.

On the grab, a Texans defender tried to arm tackle the big former Nebraska-Omaha option quarterback and Miller rumbled for a touchdown behind the down-field blocked of Marcedes Lewis. Houston then went right down the field and tied the football game on a very controversial call that gave wide receiver Kevin Walter a touchdown. Personally, I thought the correct call was made after the review and felt it would be reviewed a touchdown. Clearly however, that's a ruling the NFL will need to look at.

For the third meeting in a row however, the Houston Texans screwed the pooch when they had a chance to win the football game. After a badly shanked field goal by Josh Scobee, Matt Schaub marched the Texans down the field. Schaub completed a pass to tight end Joel Dreessen at the 34 yard line, who fumbled. Safety Sean Considine forced a fumble, not allowing the Texans to attempt what would have been a game winning field goal attempt.

We all know what happened after that.

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