HOUSTON (AP) – Deshaun Watson got out of the bag and coolly ended a pass that scored the winning goal in the second half when the Texans overcame a double-digit deficit and defeated the Buffalo Bills. 19, in the first round of the NFL Playoffs on Saturday.
Both teams did their first overtime – the first extra time in an AC. Wild card game since 2012. On the next trip to Houston, Watson bypassed a sack by turning from one defender and bouncing off another before heading to Taiwan Jones for a 34-yard reception find to score the first goal.
Watson bent both arms as the crowd at the NRG stadium went wild, knowing that the home team was able to instigate another comeback win in Houston's playoff history.
"I told myself to stay up. I mean, it's do-or-die now. I just had to play, ”said Watson.
Ka’imi Fairbairn then kicked a 28-yard field goal to lift Houston Victory.
The Texans Depending on the outcome of the game between the Tennessee Titans and the New England Patriots on Saturday night, you can face the Kansas City Chiefs or the Baltimore Ravens next weekend in the playoff division round.
The Texans scored 19 direct points to take the lead before Bill's kicker Stephen Hauschka forced his 47-yard field goal to extend 5 seconds before the end.
"We never give up," said Watson. "Whatever it takes to get the win. I mean we will keep fighting. "
The win gave the Texans their first playoff win since the 2016 season and extended Buffalo's stoppage time to six games that date back to the 1995 season. It was the first overtime game with wildcards since the Broncos defeated the Steelers 29:23 in the 2011 season.
The game was reminiscent of another big comeback in a wildcard game. The last time teams from Houston and Buffalo met in the playoffs was a game known as "The Comeback". The Bills set a record for the biggest comeback in N.F.L. Story by rallying from a 32-point deficit for a 41-38 win in extra time against the Houston Oilers 1,993th
This time Josh Allen and the bills used a dominant first half to build a 13 point lead and had a 16-0 lead in the third quarter.
Watson had passed 247 meters and was running for 55 meters. The Texans DeAndre Hopkins led all players with 90 yards.
Allen threw for 264 yards, ran for 92, and got a touchdown pass for a trick game in the first quarter, but often looked confused late in his playoff debut.
J.J. Watts, a three-time N.F.L. Defensive Player of the Year, had a sack and strengthened the defense of Houston on his return after sitting outside with a broken pectoral muscle since October.
"That's why you're coming back," said Watt. "I don't know if I wanted to go back to that many games or that extra time, but these feelings, these emotions, these fans, these players, Deshaun Watson and all the boys on this team, so you come back."
Houston tried to generate an offensive before halftime and had 81 meters in the first half when Hopkins failed to get a pass.
The Texans were finally able to maintain a ride on their third possession of the third quarter when Hopkins had 14 and 10 meter receptions to move the ball. The Texans reduced their deficit to 10 when Watson dragged two defenders into the end zone in a 20-yard touchdown run.
Watson then dived into the end zone to make a 2-point change that brought Houston in 16-8 and left about two minutes in the third.
The bills continued at the beginning of the fourth quarter when Allen was released and fumbled by Whitney Mercilus, and it was salvaged by Houston Jacob Martin on the 50-yard line. Houston scored a goal of 41 yards that reduced the Bills lead to 16:11 in eleven minutes.
Watson teamed up with Carlos Hyde on a 5-yard touchdown pass and Hopkins on a 2-point rebuild with approximately five minutes remaining to take the Texans 19-16 in the lead. Hopkins had a 41-yard reception earlier in the ride.
The Bills were in the field goal area on their next trip when Allen received a 14-yard penalty for deliberately grounding and Buffalo lost a down to get the fourth down. They did it and Allen was released by Jacob Martin for a 19-yard loss to give Houston the ball back 1:35. The Texans went unsuccessful for a fourth change and returned the ball to the Bills in front of Hauschka's game-defining goal.
Houston paused 13-0 at half-time and Hopkins played the third quarter's second attempt to give Buffalo the ball at Houston 38. Watt fired Allen in third place for an 8-meter loss, and the Bills were content with a 38-yard field goal to extend the lead to 16-0.
Allen fought 42 yards before Buffalo's first ball for his longest rush of the season. Two games later, the Bills used a few tricks to take the lead when John Brown tossed Allen a 16-yard touchdown pass to score the 7-0. Brown's passport was shaky, but Allen was wide open, though he needed to slow down to grab it.
It was early in the second quarter when Allen had apparently lost a bit of fumbling. But the game was checked and overthrown, which gave Buffalo the ball at Houston 32. The Bills were then unable to move the ball and made a 40 meter field goal to make it 10-0.
The Bills added another 40-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter to increase the lead to 13-0 at half-time.