BY: Kevin Ebert
4th and goal from the Dallas 1-yard line with 10 seconds left on the clock in the first half,
the Texans had just come back from being down 6-0 to make it 10-6 and were just a yard away from going into the half with at least a touchdown lead. Deshaun Watson was looking like his old self, moving down the field on four straight drives and so Bill O’Brien kept them out there.
Deshaun Watson runs out there in shotgun formation, can’t find anyone open and starts to scramble. As Watson looks to hit the corner and break the plain, Jaylen Smith comes from the corner and knocks him back. Turnover. That was the story all night for Houston.
On five of their red zone trips they moved all the way down to the five yard line but could not punch it in. They could only muster 16 points on a touchdown and three field goals. Dallas didn’t look much better though…
While their defense stepped up when it mattered most, the Dallas offense struggled throughout the game. After their first two drives, the Cowboys could only muster 146 yards throughout the rest of the regulation.
Dak looked uncomfortable most of the night, throwing for 2 INT’s and only 208 yards and Elliot only ran for 54 yards on 20 carries. The two teams combined for 7 field goals and 2 touchdowns and looked like another game destined for a tie.
In the end, the Cowboys offense quickly had to punt, and the Texans quickly capitalized. Watson made a pass to Hopkins on a 2nd and 9 on their own 24 that went for 49 yards. Hopkins slid right behind Anthony Brown and caught a pass with about 20 yards of space. With a few spin-o-ramas, Hopkins moved the Texans into field goal range to set up the game winner. Fairbairn ended it on a 36-yard field goal a few plays later in what was a very ugly game.
The win puts the Texans only a game behind the Jaguars and Titans for 1st place in the AFC South after both teams lost to their respective opponents. The Texans face the 2-3 Buffalo Bills next week.
On the other hand, the Cowboys fall into a tie for second in the NFC East with the Super Bowl champs Eagles, who lost to the Minnesota Vikings today. Their next matchup is against is against the 3-2 Jacksonville Jaguars.
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