Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) rushes with the ball during the fourth quarter as Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) makes a tackle at Reliant Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the Texans 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
You probably have realized by now, but if you haven’t the Houston Texans lost to both teams who stamped their ticket to Super Bowl XLVIII during the 2013 regular season, a season where the Texans finished 2-14 overall.
In Week 4,the Texans lost to the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks by a 23-20 score in overtime, and in Week 16 the Texans lost to the AFC Champion Denver Broncos, 37-13.
Looking back to the Week 4 game, the Texans had Matt Schaub at quarterback, where he was 31-of-49 for 355 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His counterpart, Russell Wilson was 12-of-23 for 123 yards with no touchdown passes and none interception. Wilson also rushed for 77 yards in that game.
Want to guess how the Texans lost this game?
It was one of the Matt Schaub pick-six interceptions with Richard Sherman taking the ball 58 yards to the end zone with 2:40 left in regulation, tying the game at 20-20 after Steven Hauschka kicked the extra point.
This was one of the most heartbreaking losses of the season and it only continued to get worse as the days went by.
The Seahawks escaped Reliant Stadium with the “W” when Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime with 3:19 left on the clock.
The Associated Press game recap described the interception by Sherman:
"“Sherman’s interception came with less than three minutes left. Schaub was pushed down as he threw the pass and remained on the grass on his hands and knees beating the ground with his fists as Sherman became the third player to return one of his passes for a touchdown this season.”"
If we only knew how bad the season was going to be. This loss put the Texans at 2-2 on the year.
Once the Broncos visited the Texans in Week 16, the season was all but over for the Texans with many starters on the injured reserved, or in the case of Ed Reed he was cut. Heck, by the time the Broncos defeated the Texans on Dec. 22 the team had fired head coach Gary Kubiak, with Wade Phillips running the show in an interim basis.
Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) passes against the Denver Broncos during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Broncos won 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
This was also the game where Peyton Manning broke the single-season touchdown pass record, and the Texans never held the lead. Manning passed for 400 yards and four touchdowns as he was 32-of-51.
Schaub (18-of-37, 176 yards, one TD, two interceptions) was the starting QB, but for the only reason being Case Keenum was injured. The Texans did tie the score at 3-3 after the first quarter and by the end of the third quarter they were down by a 16-13 score.
Three touchdowns later in the fourth and the Texans were handed their 13th consecutive loss of the season. It was that type of season.
So for those who have watched the Texans, you’ve seen first-hand what both of these teams are capable of. Now the question is who are you picking to win the 48th edition of the Super Bowl … Broncos or Seahawks?