When Zach Cunningham saw Deshaun Watson escape the grasp of two Buffalo Bills defenders in overtime, he couldn't believe what he was seeing from the Texans sideline.
Until, that is, the inside linebacker saw what happened next. Watson completed a short pass to Taiwan Jones who ran 34 yards to get the Texans to the Buffalo 10-yard line and into field goal range.
"That was crazy," Cunningham said. "That's when I stood up. Once Taiwan caught the ball, that's when I started running.'
Jones, a nine-year veteran running back, spent the last two seasons with the Buffalo Bills (2017-18). Last year, he was named special teams captain and averaged 17.8 yards on five kickoff returns. In Saturday's AFC Wild Card game, Jones caught a 34-yard pass to set up the game-winning field goal in overtime.
"It was just a great call and play by Deshaun Watson and I just happened to be in the right position," Jones said. "He made the adjustment to give me that route. I don't know how he got free but he did and that shows what kind of athlete he is. He was able to throw the ball to me right on point and the rest is history."
Jones' first career postseason catch did make history, becoming the second-longest postseason reception in overtime in the NFL since 2015, trailing Larry Fitzgerald's 75-yard catch against the Packers in 2015. It was also the fourth-longest postseason reception in Texans history.
"I thought I was going to score," Jones said. "But I was definitely excited and, like I said, it was more of a great play by Deshaun. I don't know how he got free, but he did and he made a play."
On Houston's second and final offensive possession of overtime, Watson was looking for DeAndre Hopkins but made an adjustment based on what he saw from the Bills defense.
"Yeah, I knew it was blitz zero," Watson said. "I knew I was going to have pressure. I knew the ball was going to have to get out quick. But I was trying to make a play with D. Hop (DeAndre Hopkins), and just happened to be Kevin Johnson sitting over there at the corner spot, who's been here for five years, who knows exactly where I wanted to go versus this coverage. So he snuck off, and by the time I was trying to get it to Taiwan (Jones) earlier, they were going to be right there. The pressure was there. I just kind of braced myself and spun out of it, and I knew exactly where Taiwan was going to be at. That's why I kind of flicked it out to him."
Jones' catch set up a 28-yard field goal for Ka'imi Fairbairn that sealed a 22-19 Texans victory. The Texans will travel to Kansas City to play the No. 2 Chiefs in the Divisional Round. Kickoff is set for 2:05 p.m. CT on Sunday, January 12.
Houston Texans take on the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium for the first game of the 2019 NFL postseason.