When Carlos Hyde scored his first-ever postseason touchdown, he was more than ready for it. Just one play earlier, Hyde had a miscue, dropping the ball in front of a clear path to the endzone.
"I had to make up," Hyde said. "I had just dropped the pitch, so I had to make up for that. Then I got a touchdown on the next one."
Deshaun Watson could sense Hyde's disappointment in not being able to score the go-ahead touchdown, down 16-11 with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Hyde was clearly frustrated with himself, but the third-year quarterback patted him on the back and told him he'd have another chance.
On the very next play, in fact.
"I knew exactly what the next play call was because me, OB (Bill O'Brien) and Tim Kelly talked about the first couple of plays once we get inside the five, what it's going to be," Watson said. "So, before I even got the play call out, I told him 'Yo, it's over with, I'm coming to you right now. So, refocus and get ready to score.' Then I called the play and right before I even faked it, I called his name, 'Los' and I just tossed it to him and he got in and did what he had to do."
On second-and-goal, Watson delivered a short pass to Hyde who ran in for a five-yard touchdown. The Texans took their first lead of the day in the AFC Wild Card game against the Buffalo Bills.
"Carlos has been a heck of an addition for this team, for this organization," Watson said. "He's been running hard, he's been doing whatever we ask him to do as an offense, as a team, and definitely been doing his job to his highest. I'm blessed to have him as my running back and as a teammate, as a brother, as a friend."
Watson didn't waste any time giving the ball to Hyde again because he understood. There had been plenty of times when he's needed the same encouragement, Watson admitted, and he had gotten it from teammates on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
"Games where we're down or games where I turned the ball over and I came to the sideline frustrated and with my head down, they'll come over and be like 'D-Wat, get your head up, we're following you,'" Watson said.
Houston's 22-19 comeback against the Bills became the third latest a team has comeback from down 16-or-more points in the postseason, trailing the 2002 49ers (Wild Card vs. Giants) and the 2016 Patriots (Super Bowl vs. Falcons) who came back in the fourth quarter.
After defeating Buffalo 22-19 in overtime of the Wild Card game, the Texans will head to Kansas City to face the Chiefs in the AFC Division Round game. Kickoff is set for 2:05 CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.