We’re not going to forget this one for a long time. Down six with 50 seconds to go, I never thought that the issue would be that the Texans would score too quickly. But they did.
It was an amazing game. Deshaun Watson found DeAndre Hopkins for two touchdowns and a deep pass into Saints territory that set up the go-ahead TD to Kenny Stills. But Drew Brees found a way to get in field goal range to break hearts in Houston.
It was an epic game. Watson constructing a two-play scoring drive at the moment of truth was the stuff of legend. Unfortunately, the Texans allowed a handful too many yards at the end.
The scoring began after Whitney Mercilus grabbed his first career interception. The Texans marched 94 yards to take the lead. They’d hold it until the fourth quarter.
Yes, Houston was up 14-3 at the break. But Brees was just beginning to heat up. He came out of the locker room and put up three touchdowns to the Texans one. That was before the Texans defense put the brakes on a New Orleans drive that forced a field goal attempt to give the Saints a six-point lead.
Had Houston made a stop on the final drive, this would have been one of the biggest wins in the history of the team. However, the Saints had enough time to make hay.
This was like the Philly game last year or the New England and Seattle game the previous season. Two of the four opponents had all-time top five QBs. All four had Super Bowl champions. So it happens. But the Texans don’t want to hear that right now. They want to get back to it and get a division win on Sunday.
Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson had productive debuts. And Stills had the huge catch at the end. All the new faces on offense will really benefit from home cooking and the quiet of NRG stadium when they are on the attack.
It’s a short week. Not a lot of time to heal wounds and erase memories. But it must be done. The Jaguars are up next and have many of the same players who stopped New England and Indy last year.
Yes, the Chiefs were superb in the opener in Jacksonville. But the Jags are looking to move on quickly from the opening game as well. Every week brings a new beginning and a precious division win is on the line on Sunday.
Houston Texans take on the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the first game of the 2019 NFL Season.