It was a fitting end to the Houston Texans' comeback hopes and a microcosm of the entire nightmare season.
Perhaps the most talented team ever to suffer through an 11-game losing streak, the Texans have now dropped seven consecutive games by seven points or fewer.
Regardless of Kubiak's quarterback decision for next week and beyond, Texans fans can thank Schaub for his parting gift of a dream draft pick.
Here's what else we learned in Thursday's game:
- Minutes after clearing the 100-yard rushing marker for the first time since Week 3 of last season, Maurice Jones-Drew went down with a hamstring injury. The contract-year running back told Rich Eisen on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access Postgame" that he wants to stay in Jacksonville and that his agent and general manager David Caldwell will get together in the offseason and "get it done." Caldwell acknowledged last week it's a "realistic possibility" Jones-Drew will return in 2014.
- If there was sentiment in some corners of Texans management for a Kubiak return in 2014, this performance likely erased it. A blatant mess in an ugly first half, the Texans were embarrassed on national television. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley had his team ready to play with a solid game plan; Kubiak's troops looked lost.
- We suspect Texans general manager Rick Smith's job is safe, but he's getting little from his 2013 draft class beyond first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins. Second-rounder Swearinger had a nightmare game Thursday. Third-round linebacker Sam Montgomery was waived for violating team rules. Third-round offensive tackle Brennan Williams, fourth-round linebacker Trevardo Williams and fifth-round guard David Quessenberry have all spent the season on injured reserve.
- Andre Johnson saw a whopping 21 targets, which is no surprise considering the Texans called 32 consecutive pass-plays across the third and fourth quarters. Johnson's 21 career games of 10-plus catches are the most in NFL history. He's also tied with Hall of Famer Don Maynard for the fifth-most 100-yard receiving games. He's yet to lose a step in his age-32 season.
- Rookie safety Johnathan Cyprien has been the brightest star on a Jaguars defense that has turned up the heat since the Week 9 bye. A coverage liability early this season, Cyprien appears to be playing at a faster pace now that he's comfortable in Bradley's defense. His closing speed has been especially impressive.