AFC Wild Card Recap: Texans win ugly, the demise of the Evil Empire

Rajath Prabhakar, Sports Editor

AFC Wild Card Round Wrapup

 

Buffalo Bills 19, Houston Texans 22 (OT)

 

In a game neither team deserved to win, the first matchup in the 2020 Playoffs saw Houston Texans overcome a 16-0 deficit en route to a 22-19 overtime victory. In the 4th quarter alone, NRG Stadium bore witness to a stunning sequence of events that saw the Bills lose 22 yards in 2 plays (and turnover on downs to boot), an inexplicable decision by Bill O’Brien to go for it on 4th down, and Deshaun Watson’s incredible escape from the clutches of two Bills defenders, resulting in the game-winning chip shot. 

 

Bills @ Texans Highlights

 

Tennessee Titans 20, New England Patriots 13

 

You can run from it, you can hide from it, but Father Time always prevails. His latest victim was Tom Brady and the Patriots’ dynasty. The Titans took advantage of the least talented Patriots squad we’ve seen in years and utterly stonewalled New England’s offense, holding Tom Brady to just a 54.1 rating, as well as a pick-six. On offense, Derrick Henry rushed for nearly 200 yards on 34 carries. But the story of this game would not be complete without Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel’s gutsy decision to run nearly two minutes off the clock via penalty. The Titans travel to Baltimore next week to take on the Ravens.