Deshaun Watson came through on Saturday.
On the road.
When he and the Texans were trailing.
With the game winding to a close.
Watson and Houston were victorious, overcoming a 22-19 deficit late, to win by a 29-22 margin. He found DeAndre Hopkins for a 14-yard touchown pass with 2:15 remaining in regulation. The Ka'imi Fairbairn extra point gave Houston a 26-22 lead, and Fairbairn added on a field goal later after the Texans stopped New York on downs.
Watson and the Texans struggled in the third quarter, with all three series resulting in punts after 3-and-outs. But before the touchdown drive at the end, head coach Bill O'Brien and company tweaked what they were doing.
"We just tried to spread them out and let Deshaun see some things," O'Brien said. "And he delivered."
The Texans began the drive at their own 25-yard line, and started it with a Watson-to-Hopkins 20-yard pass play. A six-yard completion to Alfred Blue was followed by an incompletion, and then a defensive holding.
Watson then found Demaryius Thomas for a 20-yarder, and the duo linked up on the next play for a three-yard gain. A seven-yarder to Hopkins gave the Texans a 1st-and-10 at the Jets 14, and Hopkins pulled down the game-winner on the next play. In all, the Texans went 75 yards on seven plays, and burned 2:45 off the clock. Before the possession started, Watson explained his mindset.
"Just do what we do," Watson said. "Everything's out in front of us. We've got plenty of time. No one should panic."
He was six-of-seven on the final possession, for 70 yards.
"It doesn't surprise me that he's able to stay composed in those situations," Hopkins said. "He's done it before."
On the night, Watson completed 22-of-29 passes for 294 yards, with no interceptions and both touchdown passes going to Hopkins. It was the seventh game in the last eight that he wasn't picked off. He also scrambled four times for a team-high 26 rushing yards.