Quarterback stats for Deshaun Watson and Josh Allen look similar on paper, with Watson passing for 247 yards and rushing for 55 yards. Watson also hit DeAndre Hopkins for 90 yards. Allen ended up with 264 yards passing, 92 yards rushing, and even caught a TD pass on a trick play early. Allen, however, lost his poise late in the game and made some costly mistakes. Allen looked shaken at one point, attempting a dangerous and unnecessary lateral as if it was the end of the game.
Despite those lapses in judgement late, Allen played well in the first half and helped propel the Bills to a 16-0 lead in the 3rd quarter. Watson, on the other hand, was wily and accurate when he needed to be and the Texans scored 19 unanswered points to take the lead. The Bills' Stephen Hauschka kicked a 47 yard field goal with just seconds remaining to force overtime.
Both the Texans and Bills ended up punting on their first possessions in overtime, but when the Texans got another chance, Watson hit Taiwan Jones for a 34-yard pass and Houston, in field goal range, decided to give Ka'imi Fairbairn a shot to end the game. Fairbairn connected for a 28-yard field goal to give Houston the win and punch their ticket to the divisional round of the playoffs.
Those of you who love NFL history will certainly remember the game called The Comeback, otherwise known as The Choke or the 35-3. That was the memorable game played on January 3, 1993 where the Bills were playing the Houston Oilers. The Bills set an NFL record in the game with an amazing comeback, overcoming a 32-point deficit to win in OT 41-38. Unfortunately for Buffalo fans, last night's game ended in much the opposite fashion.
In addition to the poise of Allen when the Texans needed it most, the presence of returning J.J. Watt certainly gave Houston more confidence. Watt made an amazing comeback in just nine weeks after surgery for a torn pectoral muscle.
The Houston Texans will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round on January 12 at 2:05 PM.