The Steelers made enough mistakes in this game to last them a season, but were somehow in it to the end.
The mistakes, though, were made by many of the players the Steelers consider their future, which is somewhat disconcerting.
You had Ben Roethlisberger refusing to take checkdowns that were available, instead holding onto the ball far longer than he should and taking some ridiculous hits. I know, it's an age-old issue for Roethlisberger, but you're supposed to get wiser as you get older.
You had Mike Wallace taking a silly taunting penalty after a great 22-yard catch-and-run in the first quarter that would have put the ball inside Houston territory. Instead, the Steelers were forced to punt later from their own 48 instead of possibly being in field goal range. Wallace has to be better than that.
You had LaMarr Woodley constantly getting too far upfield on runs away from him, allowing Arian Foster lanes to cut back to his side.
"I have to be better on that," Woodley said. "I have to play the cutback and the boot instead of just playing the boot."
You had Antonio Brown making some great adjustments on back-shoulder throws. But then fair-catching a punt at his own 5 and being seemingly oblivious to what he was supposed to do on hot routes on a number of occasions.
You had Maurkice Pouncey taking a stupid unnecessary roughness penalty after a nice run by Mewelde Moore to the Houston 6 at the end of the first half. That pushed the Steelers back to the 21 and set up what would be a blocked field goal to end the first half.
You've got to be better than that if you hope to win on the road against quality opponents.
© Is the season over? Certainly not.
Few expected the Steelers to win in Houston. It was disconcerting to see how they lost, with Houston running the ball at will in the first half.
The Steelers did tighten up in the second half - save the 42-yard TD run by Foster - but, again, you have to be better than that to win on the road against a quality opponent.
© Roethlisberger was in a walking boot and on crutches after the game after suffering a sprained foot.
I'd be surprised if he doesn't push to play next week, however, with the season on the line against a surprisingly good Tennessee team.
The Titans have already beaten Baltimore and Cleveland, so if the Steelers can find a way to beat Tennessee, it's like making up a game on the competition.
© Mike Wallace had four catches for 77 yards in the first half, then wasn't targeted again in the second half.
There were some opportunities for Wallace without safety coverage over the top in this game, but the Texans gambled that their blitz could force Roethlisberger to throw before Wallace had a chance to get deep.
It worked, save a 40-yard catch by Wallace in the second quarter.
Most of the time, however, Wallace was bracketed, something the Steelers had better get used to.
© If I'm Mike Tomlin, I go for it on 4th and inches from the 8 down 10-7 on the opening play of the fourth quarter.
The Steelers had just run seven times for 55 yards and had the Texans on their heels.
Instead, Tomlin kicked a field goal and took the 10-10 tie.