Walk-off wins were coined in baseball. But they certainly exist in football. And the Texans have had their share of compelling victories on the last play of the game. If you're thinking that 'T.J. Yates to Kevin Walter' qualifies, it doesn't. These are games in which the winning score or play is the last moment of the game. I will allow the old, meaningless, unnecessary, kicking of the extra point after a winning score, as crazy as that rule was.
Here are my top five Texans walk-off wins…
5. Texans beat Indy for the first time – December 24, 2006
It was Christmas Eve. The Texans hung in there all game long with a ground and pound attack led by Ron Dayne's 153-yard output. David Carr hit Andre Johnson with a 17-yard pass that set up Kris Brown's 48-yard game-winner as time expired. The Colts would go on to win the Super Bowl. But for that moment, it was football bliss at NRG Stadium.
4. David Carr beats the Jags with a QB sneak – September 28, 2003
It was Week 4 of the second year in franchise history. The Texans opened the season with an upset win at Miami. After losing two straight, they were in danger of falling to 1-3. Down three, they couldn't get anything going on offense throughout the entire fourth quarter. Then a late fumble by Byron Leftwich gave them life. Eventually they would have the ball at the Jaguars' one-yard line with two seconds left. Dom Capers could have kicked a field goal and gone to overtime. But he sent David Carr over the top with no time left, as the Texans scored and sent the crowd into delirium.
3. Houston beats Dallas in OT – October 7, 2018
It was a pressure cooker at home in primetime. The crowd was electric. It was a big time defensive battle, as Houston held Ezekiel Elliott to 2.7 yards per carry, and no touchdowns were scored after the 11 minute mark of the third quarter. In overtime, The Texans got the ball at their 10-yard line with 5:33 remaining. Two plays later, Deshaun Watson hit DeAndre Hopkins cutting across the middle. Nuk ran and spun twice for a now-legendary 49-yard gain that set up the winning field goal. We'll see that fantastic highlight until the end of time.
2. Andre Johnson caps a record day to beat Jacksonville in OT – November 18, 2012
Down two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the Texans roared back to tie the game on an unpredictable, wild afternoon at NRG Stadium. Matt Schaub threw for 527 yards, tying the mark for second-most passing yards in an NFL game. His fifth TD pass was a quickie screen, deep in overtime, to Andre Johnson, who ran 48 yards for the winning score. The crowd went crazy. Johnson had a ridiculous 272 receiving yards on 14 catches, a top 10 number. Four days later the team would win in OT again, at Detroit on Thanksgiving.
1. Houston captures the AFC South, defeating Cincinnati 12-10 – December 24, 2016
Alfred Blue had a 24-yard touchdown run with most of the fourth quarter remaining on a night when the Texans were trying to clinch the division. The Bengals did their best Scrooge impression with a late, would-be field goal drive to position themselves for the winning score with no time left. Former Texan Randy Bullock readied for a 43-yard field goal attempt to try to ruin Christmas. As the ball sailed wide right, the Texans went into a raucous celebration as they won the division for the fourth time in six seasons.
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