Here it is folks, the 2019-2020 NFL Playoffs are upon us. The first game on tap for the Wild Card round features the (10-7) Buffalo Bills against the division winning (11-6) Houston Texans. The Bills in particular shocked the vast majority of the football world with their solid play and being consistent enough to land a Wild Card spot. The Texans on the other hand looked great during stretches in the season, with only a few blips along the way. Only one team will book a date in the conference final, so which one would it be?
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The Bills made good on their opening drive as they’d score a touchdown. In a little reversal of roles John Brown would find his quarterback with the pass and the 16 yard touchdown making it an early 7-0 Bills lead. That would be the only score of the quarter, but the Bills had more to do before the end of the half. The next score would come off the leg of Stephen Hauschka who’d boot home a 40 yard attempt for a 10-0 Bills advantage. Hauschka would be called upon again for his 2nd field goal from 40 yards making it 13-0 at the half.
Certainly not the start the home team Texans were looking for, and things got worse for them before they got better. After a Texans fumble, the Bills would notch yet another field goal. This one a little shorter than the others at 38 yards, and Hauschka delivered making it 16-0 Bills. That’s where Houston would respond as Deshaun Watson would use his feet. The young quarterback would scamper 20 yards into the end-zone for the touchdown, and he’d run the 2-point convert in as well cutting the deficit to 16-8 with one quarter to go. Then the Bills would fumble the ball and the Texans would get a field goal out of it. Ka’imi Fairburn would send the 41 yard attempt through the uprights to make it a 16-11 score. That’s when Houston would take the lead off the arm of Watson this time. Watson would find Carlos Hyde for a 5 yard touchdown, then he’d find DeAndre Hopkins for another 2-point convert making it a 19-16 Texans lead. Both teams would turn it over on downs before Buffalo tied the game with a 47 yard field goal to end regulation.
This would give us a 19-19 score and overtime in the playoffs! The coin toss went to the Texans to start off the overtime. Both teams would punt on their opening overtime possessions. The Texans on their 2nd drive however started to march down the field. The Fairburn had an easy 28 yard field goal attempt that he made no mistake on completing the 16-point comeback for a 22-19 final.
With that win the Houston Texans advance to the AFC Conference final! Can they keep the Super Bowl dream alive? Find out next week as the NFL playoffs continue!