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Schaub red-hot in ice-cold win


Schaub threw for a career-high 414 passing yards in his first game back from an MCL injury.

Matt Schaub's left knee was fine on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. His right arm was working pretty well, too.

In frigid three-degree weather at Lambeau Field, Schaub threw for a career-high and franchise-record 414 yards in his first game since Nov. 2, when he tore his MCL at Minnesota. He had two touchdown passes and led the Texans on the game-winning drive that ended with a 40-yard Kris Brown field goal as time expired.

Schaub was effective on rollouts and play-action passes, unhindered by the brace covering his left knee as he completed passes to eight different receivers. He finished the game 28-of-42 with an interception and a passer rating of 104.7.

"It was great to get out and be out there playing," Schaub said. "It feels great. I'm in the brace and all is good."

With two minutes left in the game and the score tied at 21, the Packers pinned the Texans at their own three-yard line with a Jeremy Kapinos punt.

Schaub ran the two-minute drill to perfection, marching the Texans downfield with a 22-yard pass to fullback Vonta Leach, two passes for 21 yards to receiver David Anderson and a 27-yard toss to tight end Owen Daniels.

{QUOTE}Daniels' catch moved the Texans to the 25-yard line and set up Brown's deciding field goal, and the Texans were able to overcome four turnovers and win the game.

"(There's) just a lot of excitement for the guys that are in that locker room because every single guy put it on the line today," Schaub said. "We needed everybody in order to win that game.

"We had every opportunity to win it early on and we gave them opportunities to get back in the game, which they did. And then we just had to make another play. We were able to do that and overcome the adversity of being backed up on that last drive."

Schaub set the tone for the game – and answered any questions about his health – on the Texans' third play from scrimmage. He stepped up in the pocket and absorbed a big hit as he unleashed a deep pass for Kevin Walter, and Walter hauled in the pass for a 58-yard touchdown.

On his 11-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson in the fourth quarter, Schaub rolled left before squaring his shoulders and delivering a strike to the front left corner of the end zone. He scrambled right on the next play to buy extra time before finding Johnson for a two-point conversion that made the score 21-14.

The Texans amassed a team-record 549 yards of offense in the win. It was Schaub's third 300-yard passing game in eight starts this season. He had thrown for 1,233 yards, nine touchdowns and only two interceptions in his four starts prior to being injured at Minnesota by two late hits to the knee from Jared Allen.

For a couple of weeks after the Vikings game, it was uncertain whether Schaub would be able to play again this season. His determination to come back for the stretch run paid big dividends for the Texans on Sunday in one of the biggest road wins in team history.

"I'm really happy just for the team, and especially for Matt," Johnson said. "After the game, he just came up and gave me a big hug. I don't know if it was a sigh of relief, but you could tell just from his facial expression he was excited about it."

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