JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Arian Foster started right, found nothing but defenders between him and the goal line, then headed the other way.
It was his best decision of the day.
Foster initially looked he would be stopped for a loss, but he eluded a tackle, headed in the other turned the other way and high-stepped into the end zone.
"I was just screaming for him to give me the ball," Foster said. "We took a step in the right direction."
The Texans didn't gain any ground on AFC South-leading Indianapolis, which edged Cleveland, but they kept pace in the crowded wild-card race.
"We are in a must-win situation now," star defensive end J.J. Watt said. "We have strung two together and we need to continue to do it. We need to go on the road (at Indy) and try to do it again this week."
Jacksonville managed just 4 yards in the third quarter, and Blake Bortles threw his NFL-leading 16th interception of the season. The turnover gave Houston its best field position of the day and led to Foster's TD run.
With a chilly, misty rain falling and Jacksonville trailing, fans didn't bother returning to the stands. EverBank Field was mostly empty during the second half, an embarrassing sight for a franchise fighting to overcome attendance problems.
Jacksonville managed 73 yards in the second half, holding the ball for just nine-plus minutes, and Bortles nearly threw three more picks.
"There were probably some drops and mishandling of the ball that were definitely caused by the rain," Bortles said. "But that's part of it. You have to be able to play in all weathers because they're not going to cancel the game."
J.J. Watt created major problems, finishing with three sacks and five quarterback hits. The Jaguars lost starting right tackle Austin Pasztor last week and went with unproven veteran Sam Young. Not surprisingly, Watt dominated the matchup. He was most disruptive once the Texans took a double-digit lead.
Watt interrupted a reporter who asked about his "two sacks."
"How many? Three. Just checking," Watt said. "Those suckers are hard to get."
Fitzpatrick completed 13 of 19 passes for 135 yards. He had a 4-yard run in the second quarter that put the Texans up 10-7.
It ultimately backfired.
Johnson left early in the second quarter after being hit in the head by Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith. Teammates rushed to his side and motioned for trainers. Johnson eventually walked off the field under his own power, but later headed to the locker room for good. He ended the day with four receptions for 17 yards.
"It was scary to see Andre lying there," Foster said. "You saw the love and what he means to this team with all the players and coaches out there around him. It showed how much he means to our team. But I talked to him and he said he'll be all right, so that's good."
NOTES: Foster topped the 100-yard mark for the 31st time in his career and the seventh time this season. ... Scobee became the first player in franchise history to score 1,000 points. ... Jacksonville now has lost 37 of its last 45 games, including 27 by double digits.
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