The Texans vs Bills game was exciting but it should have ended in regulation. Bill O’Brien is lucky to have stellar players. He has exceptional players in Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watts, DeAndre Hopkins, Whitney Mercilus, and a cadre of others.
But let’s just savor the victory and hope that this stubborn coach who let out discernably visible if not audible explicative for the TV audience after the game-ending field goal.
The Houston Chronicle reports it as follows,
Barnburner NFL playoff games between Houston and Buffalo are apparently the rule.
In a roller-coaster AFC wild-card game, the Texans outlasted the Bills 22-19 on Saturday afternoon at NRG Stadium.
Ka’imi Fairbairn made a 28-yard field goal with 3:20 left to send the Texans to the next round.
The Texans (11-6) won’t know their divisional round opponent until the end of Saturday night’s Titans-Patriots game. If the Titans win, the Texans will play at Kansas City next Sunday. If the Patriots win, the Texans will play at Baltimore next Saturday night.
For Houston’s long-suffering NFL fans, it was particularly sweet payback 27 years and one day after the Oilers blew a 35-3 lead in a 38-35 overtime loss at Buffalo in 1993 that remains the biggest collapse in NFL playoff history.
Turnabout was fair play Saturday, with the Texans overcoming a 16-point deficit during the second half. In eerie fashion, this game played out just like the one from 27 years ago: the visitors took a double-digit lead in the second half, the home team rallied to take the lead only to see the guests force extra time before the hosts prevailed in overtime.
The ending was, in fact, poetic justice. It was almost like payback to the Houston Oilers big loss several decades ago. And again the difference was a field goal, three points.
Yeah. The Houston Texans Won! Let’s will them to the Superbowl. They should win the next game. Why? The tapes for this game except for Deshaun’s superhuman performance won’t reveal much. If they play to their potential, Superbowl here we come.
PS: It feels great writing something non-political.