The 21-13 loss at Green Bay mostly came down to finishing drives, on both sides of the ball, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
"There were a couple of third-down conversions, you know, our guys played hard, they always play hard," O'Brien said. "It just wasn't enough. We're not finishing drives. We're not finishing games. Very hard fought game, great job by them. Give a lot of credit to Green Bay, they just did a little bit more than we did."
The Texans defense held Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to one touchdown through three quarters. Until half-time, Green Bay was just 1-of-6 (17%) on third down. However, after being deep at the Packers two-yard line following a punt, Aaron Rodgers led a 12-play, 98-yard touchdown drive.
"I thought we got after him some, sacked him a couple times, pressured him," O'Brien said. "He's a great player, he's going to make his share of plays. I thought we battled him hard, though. I think he would probably say the same thing."
Houston's offense posted 307 yards of net offense, just two more than Green Bay (309), but it wasn't enough either.
"It's very frustrating," Brock Osweiler said. "Obviously my job as the quarterback of this team is to lead this offense to protect the football and to score points, score more points than the opposing team. Today we weren't able to do that. Like I said, I feel like we're very close to exploding as an offense, and I've been saying that all season long. But it's true, we are three, four plays away from changing multiple football games."
The wintery conditions were a factor but to be expected this time of year, according to Osweiler. The Texans quarterback threw two touchdown passes, including one late in the fourth quarter to move within one score.
"I think we moved the ball at times," O'Brien said. "We finished the one drive, the drive there at the end, but we didn't do it enough. I think this time of year we just got to figure out a way to finish drives. These last four games are playoff games. That's how we have to view them.
The Texans fall to 6-6 with the loss and head to Indianapolis to face the Colts next Sunday.
The Texans faced the Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 13.