The Texans got several big stops on Sunday in the win over the Jaguars, but none more memorable and at a more opportune time than the last one.
Safety Justin Reid stonewalled a 2-point try, stopping Leonard Fournette just shy of the goal line. The Jaguars had gone 68 yards on 14 plays to get a touchdown, which made it 13-12 with 30 seconds remaining. Instead of kicking an extra point to tie it, Jacksonville went for the lead and handed off to the third-year back. But Reid was there to meet him, and keep him from a score.
"The whole game came down to this one play," Reid said. "We all went into the huddle like the game is on the line right here. Everybody just do your job. Just pay attention. I was actually responsible for the back on that play. The front line, the D line did a great job pushing the pile, opening it up to where it was basically just me and him. Just had to bow up and make a play.”
Reid, who finished with four tackles on the day, joked he nearly hurt himself with the reaction.
“Aww man, pure ecstasy," Reid said. "It was like excitement. I almost threw my arm out with how hard I punched the air."
His teammates, who tallied four sacks and limited the Jaguars to just 12 points on the day, described how important Reid's stop was.
"It won us the football game," defensive end J.J Watt said. "It’s huge. Justin's always willing to throw his body around and do whatever it takes. That's another example of his great play.”
Receiver DeAndre Hopkins pointed to Reid's smarts as one of the key reasons he was able to keep Fournette from scoring.
"Justin is a student of the game, he understands football very well," Hopkins said. "He knew that he was trying to make that reach out, and he was right there to stop it. So it was a great play.”
Fournette, who punished the Texans for 100 yards in the 2017 season opener, was held in check by the Houston defense. He mustered 47 yards on 15 carries. One went for 14 yards. The other 14 carries averaged 2.3 yards a pop.
The Jaguars were just 3-of-13 on third downs, and saw six of their 10 drives end with a punt, and one with a fumble.
"They played hard, played fast," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "I thought they mixed up the fronts, mixed up the looks. I think our guys rushed the passer hard. It was a good football game. We were really happy about the result.”
The Texans move to 1-1 on the season, while the Jaguars fell to 0-2. Houston will face the Chargers (1-1) in Los Angeles next Sunday.
Houston Texans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium for the second game of the 2019 NFL season.