Deshaun Watson and the Texans came oh-so-close.
Despite the late-game heroics of the second-year quarterback, Houston fell to the Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, 32-30, on a 35-yard field goal by Jake Elliott. But with just under five minutes to play, the Eagles were up by 13 points. The Texans mounted a furious comeback and held a 1-point lead with 2:04 remaining.
"We just took what they gave us," Watson said. "They played soft. Guys were making plays and capitalizing."
Trailing 29-16, the Texans got the ball at their own 45-yard line with 5:21 remaining in the game after Justin Reid recovered a Josh Adams fumble that was forced by Zach Cunningham. From there, Watson and the offense needed five plays and 0:40, as he found Ryan Griffin for five yards, DeAndre Hopkins for gains of 14 and six yards, and then D'Onta Foreman for a 20-yard score. The Ka'imi Fairbairn extra point pulled the Texans to within six, and they trailed 29-23.
"He's just got incredible instincts," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He sees things well. He hangs in there. He's tough. The football field, for him, is heaven on Earth."
Houston's defense responded with a crucial 3-and-out, and after a punt by Philadelphia into the end zone, Watson and company were back on the field at their own 25 yard line with 4:06 left in the game.
He found Foreman for a completion of eight. A few plays later on 3rd-and-11, he drilled Jordan Akins for a 22-yard completion. Three plays after that, Watson floated a gorgeous 35-yarder to rookie receiver Vyncint Smith, who gathered it in and kept his knees in bounds for a game-tying score. Fairbairn's extra point put the Texans up by one, but the lead wouldn't ultimately hold.
"I don't know if any quarterback can go out there and shake three defenders off and still make a precise pass," receiver DeAndre Hopkins said. "What he can do is special."
Watson completed 29-of-40 passes for 339 yards, with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also scored twice on the ground in the second quarter, and would lead the Texans with 49 yards on eight carries.
The Houston Texans are prepped are ready to take on the Eagles.