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Complementary football keys W for Texans at Indy

The defense, offense and special teams came together effectively in the final 75 seconds of the Texans at Indianapolis.

Multiple times throughout the week leading up the contest, head coach Bill O'Brien and several players said the then 0-3 Texans had to get better at playing complementary football.

A week ago Monday, the situation was putrid in that aspect, as O'Brien explained it.

"We play terrible complementary football right now," O'Brien said the morning after losing to New York. "Offensively, our defense sets us up with great field position. J.J.'s (Watt) getting sacks, the crowd's into it, they're stopping the run pretty well, we turn it over, we don't turn it into points, we kick a field goal. It's a team game, three phases have to complement each other and we really just do a terrible job at that right now."

Fast forward to late overtime inside Lucas Oil Stadium. Tied at 34-apiece, the Colts faced a 2nd-and-11 at their own 36-yard line, with 1:15 remaining in the contest. Jadeveon Clowney tossed Colts' guard Quenton Nelson to the side, broke through and dropped Andrew Luck for a sack and a loss of 10 yards.

"Oh man, I really just trying to make a play in a critical situation," Clowney said. "The game was on the line and I was trying to do as much as I can for the team and make a play."

Clowney's second sack of the day pushed Indianapolis back far enough that a 3rd down gain of 17 forced a decision for head coach Frank Reich.

He went for the win instead of punting, the Texans defense broke up a fourth down pass, and got the ball back for Deshaun Watson and the offense with 24 ticks left on the clock. Watson calmly zipped a short pass over the middle to DeAndre Hopkins, who blazed 24 yards through the Colts defense down to the Indianapolis 19-yard line. Watson and the offense got set, spiked the ball, and let Ka'imi Fairbairn and the special teams unit come in to drill the game-winning 37-yard field goal as time expired.

"The defense stood their ground and got the ball back for us," Watson said. "It was just enough time to connect with my boy Hope and let him do what he does, clock it and then get the field goal for the win. It was a great team win and no one panicked and no one felt the pressure and this is what we've been grinding for all season."

For O'Brien, that final sequence was a perfect example of all three units coming together to play the complementary football he harps on so frequently.

"The guys hung in there and it was a big stop there at the end by the defense," O'Brien said. "Then Hop and Deshaun made a big play to get us in field goal range. That was really a well-handled situation. I was happy for them."

For Fairbairn, it was his second field goal in extra time, and third field goal of the day. Being able to knock one through for a victory was sweet for the third-year kicker.

"A great team win," Fairbairn said. "That's exactly what we needed. We battled through a lot and I'm glad we came out on the winning end."

The Texans will look to continue playing complementary football this Sunday night at NRG Stadium when they host the Cowboys.

To the Traveling Texans that came out to support the Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium, thank you.

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