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Grudge match


The Jacksonville Jaguars are out for revenge when they begin a two-game trip to the Lone Star State on Sunday against the expansion Houston Texans.

Kris Brown kicked a 45-yard field goal with 2:11 left in the fourth quarter to lift the Texans to a 21-19 victory in the first-ever meeting between the teams October 27 at Jacksonville.

Houston used some trickery to get into position for the winning field goal. Rookie Jabar Gaffney fielded a punt and lateraled to Aaron Glenn, who ran 47 yards to the Jacksonville 33. Four plays later, Brown drilled the winning kick.

The Texans won despite compiling only 240 yards of total offense and going 3-for-11 on third down conversions.

Gaffney accounted for 60 yards of that offense with his three catches. He also caught a critical two-point conversion after tight end Billy Miller's touchdown with 11:28 to go in the fourth quarter gave Houston an 18-12 advantage.

Jacksonville reclaimed the lead, 19-18, on a two-yard touchdown run by Stacey Mack midway through the fourth quarter before Brown's winning field goal.

Texans rookie David Carr has been sacked a league-high 50 times, but it was Jacksonville's Mark Brunell who was sacked five times in the loss to Houston.

Tim Seder missed two of three field goal attempts, but converted four in Jacksonville's 26-7 victory over the Washington Redskins last week.

Fred Taylor rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in the win over Washington, increasing his season total to 772 yards.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Jaguars, who remain one game behind co-leaders Tennessee and Indianapolis in the AFC South.

After playing at Houston, the Jaguars will visit the other Texas team -- the Dallas Cowboys -- the following week.

The Texans were beaten by Tennessee, 17-10 last week. Carr hit fullback Jarrod Baxter with a 10-yard scoring play with three minutes left to pull Houston within a touchdown, but Carr was picked off by safety Lance Schulters at the Tennessee 46 with 1:11 remaining.

Glenn, Houston's top cornerback, should get the assignment of shadowing Jacksonville's Jimmy Smith, who had four catches for 80 yards in the first meeting.

Even with tackle Tony Boselli on injured reserve, the Texans have plenty of old ties to Jacksonville. There are five former Jaguars on the Texans roster, including defensive tackles Gary Walker and Seth Payne.

Texans coach Dom Capers was the Jaguars' defensive coordinator in 1999 and 2000 and offensive coordinator Chris Palmer held the same position in Jacksonville in 1997 and 1998.

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