Former Westside-Macon prep standout Kareem Jackson, who is now a key contributor for the Houston Texans was involved in a big play in the overtime period of the Seahawks-Texans game which was played on Sunday, September 29.
Jackson's Houston Texans team has emerged as one of the favorites to contend for the Super Bowl this season and over the past couple of years, Houston has been one of the tougher places to play in football.
Seattle is also considered to be the NFC's best team, but Houston was able to jump out to a 20-3 lead at halftime, However, the Seahawks battled back to tie the game after Texans' quarterback Matt Schaub threw a 'Pick 6' interception to defensive back Richard Sherman who returned it 58 yards for a touchdown to force overtime Sunday.
Clearly, the crowd in Houston was clearly dejected, but a questionable call by a referee on Kareem Jackson helped to put the Seahawks in a position to win, 23-20.
A key to the winning drive came when Doug Baldwin caught a 7-yard pass and Kareem Jackson was penalized for unnecessary roughness for dumping him into the ground. That got Seattle in field goal range and Hauschka's kick came four plays later.
Jackson's suplex was perceived by the referees as unnecessary roughness, but Jackson contends he was just trying to get him on the ground to finish the tackle.
When Jackson was first drafted by the Texans in 2010, Texans' management was impressed with the former Alabama Crimson standout's solid tackling skills and aggressive style. Jackson feels that his physical style of play is one of his major attributes.
"I'm going to be real feisty out there. I'm going to be real physical. Receivers are going to know I'm there. I'm going to do whatever it takes to make plays out there."
On the flip side, the Texans' defense are exponentially better than 2010, but the bigger issue is quarterback Matt Schaub cutting down on errors late in the game to take that proverbial next step.
Houston QB Matt Schaub threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns, but also had two interceptions and failed to move the offense effectively in overtime.
Schaub drew boos from the crow and the Seahawks' talkative defensive back Richard Sherman said the following in regard to his big play late in the fourth quarter.
"It's a high-risk, high-reward play," Sherman said. "You have to jump in, and you might get beat over the top for a 20- or 30-yard gain if he gets the ball down there. But if you make the play, you might get a pick-6 and change the game for your team."