By James Simpson – @JS_Football
Final Up to date: 05/01/20 2:25am
Deshaun Watson’s magical scramble arrange a Ka’imi Fairbairn discipline objective in additional time because the Houston Texans beat the Buffalo Payments 22-19 within the first recreation of the NFL playoffs.
The Texans had come again from a 16-point deficit to take the lead earlier than Stephen Hauschka’s last-second discipline objective within the fourth quarter tied the sport at 19-19.
In a one-sided first half, the Payments got here out flying on either side of the ball. Simply 4 performs into the sport, quarterback Josh Allen took the ball on a designed run and rumbled 42 yards down the precise sideline – Buffalo’s longest run play all season – to maneuver rapidly into Texans’ territory.
Instantly after, the Payments turned to a trick play to open the scoring. An end-around put the ball within the fingers of vast receiver John Brown, and he threw it again to Allen, who dove in from 16 yards out.
Within the second quarter, because the Texans found offense and Watson was held to simply 62 complete yards all half, Hauschka added a discipline objective to present the Payments a 13-Zero half-time lead.
After Buffalo tacked on one other three factors after the half, the Texans lastly perked up – helped by a J.J. Watt sack to get the Houston crowd on their ft.
Watson received the Texans on the board with a minute remaining within the third quarter with a strong 20-yard scramble during which he carried defenders into the tip zone, earlier than operating once more on the two-point conversion to make it a one-score recreation at 16-Eight Buffalo.
Then got here a loopy fourth quarter. It started with an Allen fumble, as all of the momentum was swinging in Houston’s favour. Whitney Mercilus stripped the ball out, and the Texans recovered at midfield. They took benefit with a 41-yard Fairbairn discipline objective.
After forcing a punt, the Texans took again over and after being held with no catch within the first half, DeAndre Hopkins stepped up with a 41-yard acquire down the left sideline. Carlos Hyde capped the drive with a five-yard rating on a cross from Watson, earlier than the quarteback hit Hopkins on the two-point try and put Houston in entrance 19-16.
On the following drive, Buffalo regarded sure to tie the sport up with lower than two minutes remaining, however a disastrous pair of performs from Allen – intentional grounding adopted by a 19-yard loss on a sack – handed the ball again to Houston in Buffalo’s half.
Buffalo used all three timeouts to pressure a fourth and one to Houston and quite than making an attempt a discipline objective from the 30, Invoice O’Brien opted to go for the win. The Payments stuffed Watson and took over, and Allen drove all of them the way in which to the Houston 29 earlier than Hauschka despatched the sport to a decisive interval with a clutch 47-yard kick.
In additional time, after each groups had exchanged punts, Houston took over at their very own 17-yard line and by no means gave it again. Duke Johnson by some means spurted via two defenders to transform a 3rd and 18, however the play of the sport got here on a second and 6 at Buffalo’s 44-yard line.
Watson was tackled by two defenders on the identical time for what regarded like a sack and loss, however by some means managed to remain up, spin free and discover operating again Taiwan Jones, who lower inside to race for a 34-yard pickup to Buffalo’s 10-yard line.
O’Brien selected to stroll out Fairbairn on the very subsequent play, and he transformed the 28-yarder to ship the Texans to the Divisional spherical of the playoffs subsequent week.
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