Texans Advance To Divisional Round In Overtime Against Bills

Fairbairn hit a 28-yard field goal to win the game

Brandon Scott
January 04, 2020 - 7:45 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- They did not always play well, but made enough plays to win the game. 

After a 22-19 overtime comeback win against the Buffalo Bills, the Houston Texans are headed to the divisional round for just the fourth time in franchise history.

The Texans did not crack the scoreboard until the end of the third quarter.

They trailed 13-0 at halftime due to an inability to consistently move the ball in the first two quarters. 

The Texans would have trailed by more had the defense not held the Bills to field goals after their opening drives. 

Bills head coach Sean McDermott acknowledged after the game they had opportunities to put the Texans away and didn't take it.

"We made some plays. We were a little loose at times right there, and we needed touchdowns, too," McDermott said. "You can't let a team like that hang around. We had opportunities to go oup 20 or so or whatever there, and we didn't come away with touchdowns. And so that let them hang around a little bit, and then they made some plays in the second half."

The turning point in the game was when Watt beat rookie right tackle Cody Ford and sacked Bills quarterback Josh Allen, which forced the Bills into another field goal.

Watt played in his first game since suffering a torn pectoral Oct. 27 against the Oakland Raiders. 

He spoke during the week about wanting to recreate the magic of previous playoff runs, like when he returned an Andy Dalton interception for a touchdown in their rookie seasons.

There was risk involved. Watt had surgery to repair the torn pec, but he could tear it again. Watt and the coaches spoke of having a plan to utilize him in certain situations to not overexpose him.

None of that mattered.

This moment, as Watt tweeted after the game, was worth it.

"I'm pretty shocked. I'm not going to lie," Watt said. "It feels pretty good. There was one play where (Allen) was rolling out, and I dove for him. Before I dove, I thought to myself, here it is. It's either going to hold, or it's going to go. And I dove, landed right no it, popped up, kind of checked it out, looked over at the doctor who was standing about 10 feet away, and it's all right.

"Obviously, we kind of threw the plan out the window there in the fourth quarter and overtime because it's all hands on deck. and do what you can."

In the third quarter with the ball on the Bills’ 20-yard line, Deshaun Watson scrambled and muscled his way in for the touchdown. 

Referees reviewed the play and the call was upheld. Watson also ran for the two-point conversion to cut the Bills’ lead to 16-8.

The Texans scored on a 41-yard Ka’imi Fairbairn field goal in the fourth quarter.

Carlos Hyde caught a short pass from Watson to take the lead. 

The Texans, after trailing 16-0 at the half, were up 19-16 with 4:37 left to play in regulation. 

Stephen Hauschka was able to tie it at 19 with a 47-yard field goal. 

After both teams had unsuccessful drives, Watson led the Texans on a game-winner. 

Watson dropped back with Bills safety Siran Neal and linebacker Matt Milano charging at him. Both defenders hit Watson, but neither could bring him down as the quarterback bounced out of the pocket and found running back Taiwan Jones for the checkdown. 

It put the Texans in field goal range, where Ka’imi Fairbairn hit a 28-yard field goal to win the game.

Watson said after the game he knew the Bills were blitzing on that play.

"I knew I was going to have pressure. I knew the ball was going to have to get out quick," he said. "But I was trying to make a play with (DeAndre Hopkins) and just happened to be (former Texans teammate) Kevin Johnson sitting over there at the corner spot, who's been here for five years, who knows exactly where I wanted to go versus this coverage. So he snuck off, and by the time I was trying to get it to Taiwan earlier, they were going to be right there.

"The pressure was there. I just kind of braced myself and spun out of it, and I knew exactly where Taiwan was going to be at. That's why I kind of flicked it out to him."

The Texans face the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in the divisional round on Sunday.