This was one for the ages. The Texans comeback win over Buffalo on Wild Card Weekend was a legendary game that had a bit of everything. All three phases made plays as the Texans came up with clutch execution in overtime to advance to the divisional round of playoffs.
Adversity hit early. Buffalo scored on its opening drive, thanks in part to a long Josh Allen run and a trick play that saw him catch a TD pass. That was the only Buffalo touchdown of the game.
The Bills were relentless on defense through the first two and a half quarters as the Texans couldn't finish drives against this top-three unit.
Three field goals created a 16-0 third quarter deficit. It could have been worse but a J.J. Watt sack forced a field goal, firing up the crowd and reversing the momentum of the game. It was time to make a run.
The Texans did, with Deshaun Watson engineering a 75-yard touchdown drive that included two first down catches by DeAndre Hopkins and a QB carry for a 20-yard score. Watson ran in the two-point conversion and it was a brand new game.
Then the defense heated up again with a Whitney Mercilus strip sack, recovered by Jacob Martin. A field goal drive ensued and now the Texans were within a TD of the lead.
Then the D racked up their first three-and-out of the game followed by another long touchdown drive. Carlos Hyde's TD catch got Houston the lead and Hopkins' two-point conversion reception put them up by three.
Buffalo tried to answer, but a Martin fourth down sack thwarted the threat. Houston's fourth down attempt to kill the clock was snuffed and the Bills went on a field goal drive to send the game into overtime and the NFL classic game archives.
The Texans needed another defensive stop in OT and got one on a drive that went as deep as the Houston 43-yard line. Once they got the ball back, Watson went to work and ultimately made one of the greatest plays in the history of the franchise.
We've seen Watson escape from a lot of seemingly impossible situations but his second down play at the Bills 44 will go down in Houston sports history as a moment we will never forget.
He spun out of a would-be two-man sack, scrambled to his right and somehow found a wide-open Taiwan Jones, who cut inside and ran 34 yards to the 10 to set up the winning field goal. Game over.
No matter what happens from here, this was an unforgettable game that exemplified the Texans resilient character and Watson's magical abilities. The Texans move on to next week and try to make franchise history.
Houston Texans take on the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium for the first game of the 2019 NFL postseason.