After leading the Houston Texans to a 27-24 win over the Oakland Raiders, quarterback Deshaun Watson is taking his game to another level, finishing games with the football in his hands.
The win on Sunday marked the eighth comeback win in the fourth quarter of Watson's career. The Texans offense was able to get behind Watson, who went six of seven for 46 yards and two touchdowns in the final quarter to lead the comeback win.
Watson believes the Texans are in every game as long as there is time on the clock.
"We're never out of a game regardless of what the score is," Watson explained. "We got to play 60 minutes. It's the NFL, everyone's good, the swing and momentum changes all the time. The game comes down to the inches, and we just wanted it. At the end of the game, we kind of put a drive together, defense did their job, we went down and scored, defense did their job again, and we put it in the four-minute offense and kept getting first downs."
The Texans struggled offensively in the first half, and head coach Bill O'Brien liked how Watson and the offense responded late in the game.
"I think we came in at halftime not having played very well offensively," O'Brien explained. "So we knew that we could play better. And I think that we went out there, and Deshaun did a great job, and the offense did a great job, and it was a really good job by the team. To finish the game like that is really a good thing. When you can finish the game with possession of the ball was a really good deal."
Watson finished that game throwing for 279 yards and three passing touchdowns while completing 69.2% of his passes on the day.
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Raiders' head coach Jon Gruden knew Watson was the difference-maker in the game and his defense did not have an answer for him.
When asked what kept the Texans in the game, Gruden stated,
Gruden continued, "Couldn't catch him. The guy made a lot of plays. He made a lot of plays. Fourth and one coming out of the locker room to start the third quarter, they go for it on their own 30-yard line, and he runs for it there — a couple scrambling completions. You've got to tip your hat to Watson. He was awesome today. Doggone Watson."
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