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Jaguars 27, Texans 20

Surging Jacksonville beats lowly Houston

Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne eluded Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus during Thursday’s game in Jacksonville.

Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne eluded Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus during Thursday’s game in Jacksonville.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jaguars have gone from the worst team in the NFL to the hottest team in the AFC.

And they’re enjoying it.

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Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes, Jordan Todman scored on some trickery and the Jaguars held on to beat the Houston Texans, 27-20, Thursday night.

The Jaguars (4-9) won their third straight — their fourth victory in five games since a bye — and continued to show signs of progress under first-year coach Gus Bradley. They have the longest winning streak in the AFC.

‘‘Four out of five, yeah, you’re feeling good,’’ Henne said.

Jacksonville also won at home for the first time since Nov. 25, 2012, against Tennessee.

‘‘Our guys just really believe,’’ Bradley said. ‘‘The biggest challenge is to keep doing what we’re doing. We’re a young team that’s learning how to do this.’’

Houston (2-11) extended its franchise-record losing streak to 11 games, a stunning stretch of futility that could lead the franchise to fire coach Gary Kubiak.

‘‘It’s been a gut-wrenching experience,’’ said Kubiak, whose team has lost eight games by seven points or less. ‘‘We’ve been in so many close games.’’

Kubiak and the Texans looked as if they would end the streak after a quarterback change, but Geno Hayes intercepted Matt Schaub’s pass with 2:08 remaining to seal Jacksonville’s first series sweep since 2009.

Schaub came off the bench and carved up Jacksonville’s secondary in the second half.

He replaced starter Case Keenum late in the third quarter and led the team to a touchdown and a field goal in his first two possessions. The Texans were in the red zone again, but failed to convert a fourth-down play with 3:37 remaining.

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