(SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Texans need a bounce-back victory in the worst way.
Something similar to what the San Francisco 49ers pulled off last time out would do just fine.
The Texans try to snap a two-game slide on Sunday night when they visit the Niners at Candlestick Park.
Houston jumped out to victories over San Diego and Tennessee to begin the season, but dropped a 21-point decision in Baltimore prior to last weekend's 23-20 overtime home loss to unbeaten Seattle.
The Texans led 20-3 and had outgained the Seahawks 324-88 in the first half, but did little with the ball after halftime.
Still, Houston was in position to win after an interception by cornerback Johnathan Joseph, but Matt Schaub was picked off by Seattle's Richard Sherman on a 3rd-and-4 play and the defensive back raced 58 yards for the game-tying score with 2:40 left in the fourth quarter.
Seattle eventually won when Steven Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal with 3:19 to play in overtime.
Schaub threw for 355 yards with a pair of touchdowns, but also had an interception returned for a score for a third straight week. Still, the Texans are not giving up on their quarterback.
"Everybody has bad games. Everybody has bad runs. This is the NFL. It's not easy out there, especially at that position. He's our quarterback. He's our leader. I'm riding with him," said running back Arian Foster, who rushed for 102 yards in the setback.
Still, Houston is now a game off the pace in the AFC South behind Indianapolis and Tennessee and will try to avoid losing three in a row for the first time since closing out the 2011 campaign with three consecutive setbacks.
"I don't get too consumed with where we are right now," said Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. "I get consumed with how we're playing and what we're doing. I think, obviously, it could be worse right now. It could be better if we won our game (Sunday). But we've just got to stay focused on our play. It was very, very good for a good period of time, but not good enough when it was all said and done."
Things had not been going well for the defending NFC Champion 49ers following a Week 1 win over Green Bay. They were outscored 56-10 in consecutive defeats to the Seahawks and Colts before rebounding last Thursday with a 35-11 rout of the St. Louis Rams.
Colin Kaepernick, held to 277 yards passing with four interceptions and no touchdown passes in the two setbacks, connected on a pair of scoring throws versus the Rams. He only passed for 167 yards, but completed 65.2 percent of his throws (15-for-23).
Kaepernick got a lot of help from his ground game. Frank Gore rushed for 153 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown, while fellow running backs Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon also found the end zone.
"I thought everybody did a good job," said San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh. "The energy and toughness was there. It was good team defense, the coverage was tight and we got turnovers."
Gore and Kaepernick both lost fumbles, the third game in a row with a lost fumble for the quarterback, but San Francisco forced two turnovers and had five sacks despite playing without linebackers Aldon Smith (personal) and Patrick Willis (groin).
Linebacker NaVarro Bowman logged his first career multi-sack game with two while adding six tackles and a forced fumble.
Sunday marks just the third meeting between the 49ers and Texans, with each team having won at home. Houston will visit San Francisco for the first time since a 20-17 overtime setback on Jan. 1, 2006.