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Jaguars vs Texans: Final score, recap, highlights, and injuries

The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Houston Texans, 24-21, in Week 12 behind another Caldwell masterclass.

Jacksonville Jaguars v Houston Texans Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Houston Texans, 24-21, at NRG Stadium on Sunday to improve to 8-3, retain the division lead, and become the top seed in the AFC.

Live blog

Catch up on all the big plays and best moments from today’s game in our live blog from Caitlin!

Winners and losers

Available now from Henry!

Biggest play

According to rbsdm.com, the biggest play of the game by Expected Points Added (EPA) was Trevor Lawrence’s third-quarter interception. The play of the game by Win Probability was Jacksonville’s failed goal-line conversion at the end of the first half.

Best highlight

Key stat (traditional)

On throws to begin a drive, C.J. Stroud completed 8 of 9 passes for 108 yards (13.5 yards per attempt). On all other passes, Stroud went 19 of 28 for 196 yards (7 yards per attempt).

View the full (traditional) box score here

Key stat (advanced)

Trevor Lawrence set a career-high in passing Expected Points Added (19.9), which was the fourth-best mark by any quarterback in a game this season.

View the full (advanced) box score here

Notable injuries

Cam Robinson exited the game in the first quarter with a knee injury. He was ruled out at halftime, and based on his immediate reaction on the broadcast, it’s likely a major injury.

Travis Etienne left in the second quarter with a chest injury (cramps?) but he returned soon after.

Full highlights

You can watch the top plays of Week 12 on the Jaguars’ YouTube channel here.

One lingering question

How long is Mike Caldwell gonna stick around town? It shouldn’t be long before Jacksonville’s defensive coordinator fields interviews to be a head coach elsewhere. Stroud finished the day with 304 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a 116 passer rating, and it felt like he had all day to throw the ball. But Caldwell’s Jaguars committed resources to coverage to limit Stroud’s explosiveness through the air, and it paid off, as the Texans finished with just 21 points and had a relatively mild day of production. The difference between Week 3 and Week 12 is that Caldwell treated Stroud like an elite quarterback today, and his unit got the job done by bending but not breaking (including in the last few minutes of regulation) against a legitimately good offense.

What are your thoughts on today’s game, Jaguars fans? Let us know in the comments!