DeShaun Watson and the Houston Texans beat the Buffalo Bills in their Wild Card matchup 22-19. The Texans looked out of the game early on but the Texans star quarterback led the team back with his heroics.
The Texans were down by 16 early in the second half before they stormed back to score 19 straight points. JJ Watt sparked the comeback with a crucial third-down sack to hold the Bills to a field goal with more than six minutes left in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter and overtime saw several miscues and poor coaching decisions leading to a frantic end to the game. Sean McDermott's decision to go for it on a fourth-and-27 instead of punting or going for a 59-yard field goal almost ended the game in regulation before Bill O'Brien had a miscue of his own.
O'Brien went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Bills 30-yard line instead of kicking a field goal that would have put the Texans up 6 and forced the Bills to score a touchdown. Josh Allen took advantage of the minute plus left on the clock to lead the Bills went on a drive of their own that ended with a late 47-yard field goal by Stephen Hauschka to tie the game 19-19.
A crucial penalty by the Bills ended their drive early. The Hines Ward rule was called on rookie Cody Ford in controversial fashion, knocking the Bills well out of range for a potential long field goal opportunity.
Watson was a magician in overtime when he escaped a sack to convert a 34-yard pass to Taiwan Jones to set up Ka'imi Fairbairn and the Texans to kick the game-winning field goal. The MMQB’s Mitch Goldich recaps the exciting start to Wild Card weekend.