Deshaun Watson delivered an unforgettable performance in the clutch during the Texans Wild Card win over the Bills.
The third-year quarterback rallied Houston from a third quarter 16-point deficit. Then in overtime, Watson eluded a would-be sack and tossed a completion to put the Texans in position to kick Ka'imi Fairbairn's game-winning 28-yard field goal.
"The game is never over," Watson said. "Regardless, if we're down 16-0, 7-0, 28-0, I'm going to keep fighting. I'm going to keep playing. That's just me. I play the game. I don't never look at the scoreboard. I just keep fighting."
Watson completed 20-of-25 passes for 247 yards, with a touchdown and zero interceptions. He also ran 14 times for 55 yards and a score.
With the Texans down by 16 in the third, Watson guided the Texans offense on a 9-play, 75-yard drive that culminated with his 20-yard touchdown run. On the play, he followed a block by fullback Cullen Gillaspia and bulldozed a pair of Bills on his way to the end zone.
"We were down and definitely wanted to make a spark, and I just made a play," Watson said. "Gilly, twelfth man, came and got in front of me and made a sly move. I just knew I had to find something to, I guess, keep going, and I knew I wasn't going down. I kind of just pushed forward and got in the end zone."
Watson also kept it on the two-point conversion run after, and the Texans halved Buffalo's lead to 16-8 with 1:33 left in the third quarter.
"You're never out of the game when you have Deshaun Watson as your quarterback," J.J. Watt said. "The guy is incredible. We knew all we needed was a spark. You add Deshaun Watson to a spark, and you're going to have one hell of a fire."
The Texans added a field goal on the next offensive possession, and then Watson found Carlos Hyde for a 5-yard touchdown pass the driver after that. Buffalo kicked a game-tying field goal with five seconds left in regulation.
All square at 19 in overtime, with the Texans in a 2nd-and-6 situation at the Buffalo 44-yard line, Watson shrugged off a pair of hits in the backfield, righted himself and threw to Taiwan Jones. The veteran running back dashed for a 34-yard gain, and Fairbairn's kick sealed the 22-19 victory.
"He made some huge plays," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "The play to Taiwan at the end, obviously, was unbelievable. He made a lot of plays throughout the whole game. He's got a huge heart. He's been winning his whole life, and he knows how to win."
Watson and the Texans will seek victory next Sunday in Kansas City at 2:05 p.m. CT. They'll face the Chiefs in the Divisional Round.