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Watson, Luck a Rivalry in the Making

Two quarterbacks that are the face of the AFC South

January 02, 2019 - 2:58 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Deshaun Watson and Andrew Luck meet in the playoffs for the first time against one another, which could be the start of the next great quarterback rivalry in the NFL between two quarterbacks that have “it.”

“I think that has a lot to do with who they are as people.  Their work ethic, the example they set, their talent, their ability to throw the ball accurately and get it to the right guys and throw catchable balls.  It has a lot to do with who they are, in combination with the talent that they have, their will to win, there’s a lot to be said for that and those guys have all of that,” Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien said.

Watson, 23, will play in his first NFL playoff game when the Texans meet the Colts at NRG Stadium on Saturday, but he’s no stranger to the big game.  Watson most notably shined in the 2016 national championship game when he guided Clemson to beat Alabama.  His Clemson coach, Dabo Swinney has called him Michael Jordan and Watson says winning is in his DNA.

Luck, 29, will appear in his seventh career playoff game on Saturday, and is 3-3 in his first six.  In 2012, Luck was ousted in the Wild Card round. In 2013, Luck won in the Wild Card round before being beat by New England in the Divisional round. Then in 2014, Luck’s last playoff appearance, he led the Colts to the AFC Championship game before falling to New England again.  Luck then missed nine games in 2015, missed the playoffs in 2016, then missed all of the season in 2017.

So far Watson and Luck each have one, three-point victory over each other in the regular season, now the 2018 rubber game between the two has the stakes of keeping their seasons alive.