O'Brien's Aggressive Decision Helps Seal Victory for Texans

Texans 4th & 3 conversion with two minutes left the KO punch

Jeremy Branham
October 13, 2019 - 6:31 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Bill O’Brien’s aggressive game management helped the Texans deliver a game clinching blow to Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

Up by seven at the two-minute warning, the Texans were facing a 4th & 3 at the Chiefs’ 27-yard line.  O’Brien, knowing a first down would seal the victory since Kansas City didn’t have any timeouts remaining, elected to go for it instead of sending Ka’imi Fairbairn onto the field to attempt a 44-yard field goal that would also lock up the win. 

“It was a manageable enough distance that we had a play that we felt like we could execute the play,” O’Brien said with a matter of fact tone about going for it at a crucial time.

O’Brien showed the aggression that he wanted to deliver the knockout punch with the offense on the field, he showed he had trust in Deshaun Watson and maybe a little distrust in his kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn, who missed a field goal and an extra point earlier in the game.

Regardless, Watson connected with DeAndre Hopkins on an 8-yard completion to convert the first down and give the Texans their biggest win in 2019, and arguably the signature win in O’Brien’s tenure.

“We knew we had a look pre snap, the previous two plays actually.  We kind of knew what they were going to do, got to have it situation, blitz zero,” Watson said.  “It was try to find the best player, and D-Hop (Hopkins) is one of those guys.  In clutch moments, he comes up big.  We got the look we wanted and capitalized.”

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