We've seen this movie before: Deshaun Watson and his team are trailing in the second half. He makes one, two, or many more magnificent plays in the fourth quarter, and his team winds up winning.
The third-year quarterback repeated that in Sunday's 27-24 triumph over the Raiders. As he did at Gainesville High School in Georgia, at Clemson in college, and now numerous times with the Texans, Watson guided his squad to a close win.
The Pro Bowler hit tight end Darren Fells for a pair of fourth quarter touchdown passes that swung what had been a 21-13 Raiders lead at the start of the final quarter, to the ultimate outcome.
With 6:26 remaining in regulation, Watson found Fells for a 9-yard touchdown, but not after eluding a sack and getting kicked in the face. The quarterback met with the media after the game, and did so with a swollen left eye.
"I kind of threw it blind," Watson said. "I kind of assumed where he was going, and kind of adjusted, and let my arm guide it."
Watson said he didn't see the play until after the game, and the fans' eruption following the score let him know he'd thrown a touchdown.
"I just kind of laid there and heard the crowd go crazy," Watson said.
Head coach Bill O'Brien wasn't surprised by Watson's heroics, or by that he was able to re-enter the game on the next series despite the swollen eye.
"That's who he is," O'Brien said. "He's a winner. We're thrilled that he's on our team."
Oakland head coach Jon Gruden reserved high praise for the Texans' quarterback in the aftermath of Sunday's outcome.
"You see Michael Jordan, you see some of the great athletic plays in any sport, you gotta tip your hat to the guy," Gruden said. "We had him three times, then he makes an unbelievable throw and the kid makes a great catch."
The Texans defense followed that up by forcing an Oakland punt. Watson and company took over with 3:56 remaining in the game, and never let the Raiders offense back on the field. Watson found DeAndre Hopkins for a 10-yard completion and fresh set of downs on the drive's second play. Carlos Hyde followed that with a 20-yard run to force the Raiders to burn a timeout. A 3-yard gain by Hyde saw
Oakland call another timeout with 2:29 left. On 2nd-and-7 at the Texans' 49-yard line, Watson iced the game when he scrambled to his right, and looked to be drifting out of bounds. But he slung a 9-yard completion to Fells over the middle, and the Texans were able to line up in the victory formation following the 2-minute warning.
"Deshaun's a warrior," receiver DeAndre Hopkins said. "I knew he was going to come back and help us finish that last drive that we needed."
On the day, Watson completed 27-of-39 passes for 279 yards, with three touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Houston Texans take on the Oakland Raiders at NRG Stadium for the eighth game of the 2019 NFL season.