Wilson, who made his return under center for the first time in five weeks, was facing a third-and-17 play on the team’s second drive of the afternoon. After escaping pressure, Wilson ran up near the line of scrimmage and tried to throw a shovel pass to Jets running back Ty Johnson.
It would have been a good decision had Johnson turned around, but the football hit him in the back and fell into the hands of Texans cornerback Tavierre Thomas.
The Texans scored on their ensuing drive.
Despite the interception, Wilson led the Jets to victory, throwing for 145 yards and running for a touchdown in his return from a sprained right knee. The win ended New York’s three-game losing streak.
The Jets took an 18-14 lead with about eight minutes left in the third quarter. And with about three minutes to go in the game, New York converted two fourth-down attempts on a drive that ended with a 37-yard field goal by Matt Ammendola that made it 21-14.