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Watson Fails in First Playoff Test

Texans score the fewest points in a game Watson has ever started

January 06, 2019 - 10:41 am

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Deshaun Watson’s first career playoff game did not go as expected in the 21-7 loss to the Colts.

“Missing opportunities downfield. Trying to give my receivers a chance, didn't capitalize on that. Just kind of, you know, executing on third down, keeping the chains moving. That's my part. Other guys missed communication, things like that. We all could have played better. Like I said before, you got to give the Colts the credit,” Watson said following the loss.

Watson finished the game 29 of 49 for 235 yards, one touchdown and one interception.  Watson also led the Texans in rushing with 76 yards on eight carries.  The seven points scored by the Texans is the lowest in a game started by Watson, but his head coach thought his quarterback didn’t play poorly.

“I thought he played actually well. He had the interception, but he also obviously kept –  we had a lot of multi-play drives,” Bill O’Brien added.

The Colts defense gave Watson fits, and while they only sacked Watson three times,  they pressured him the entire game.  It looked as if Watson lost trust in his protection.  He was throwing early and erratic, and leaving the pocket quickly.

“The pressure was there. Couldn't step into my throws. It wasn't where I was sitting there by myself with a full pocket. Guys were in my face, trying to make throws like that,” Watson said. “I can't fully throw, any quarterback, not just me, can't step into that throw, get their full strength with their lower body. A lot of balls can be low. I mean, that was just it really.”