Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson creates magic again

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) scrambles away from Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – The Houston Texans have made the divisional round for the fourth time in franchise history, and the second time under Bill O’Brien.

This is the first time they’ve made it this far into the playoffs with Deshaun Watson, who proved a magician again in the 22-19 win over the Buffalo Bills.


In the third quarter, Watson had 20 yards to go to get the Texans into the end zone, and the first 15 were easy.

The last five were not, but Watson didn’t let two Bills defender stop him from the end zone.


After leading the Texans to 19 consecutive points, Watson had overtime to get the win. Pressured by two Bills defenders, Watson broke out of the sack and found Taiwan Jones on the sideline for a huge gain. Jones’ play set up the game-winning kick by Ka’imi Fairbairn.


“The guy’s a baller man, nothing really surprises me about him right now," said DeAndre Hopkins, a Texans’ wide receiver.

“You add Deshaun Watson to a spark, you’re going to have one hell of a fire,” said Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

“He made the adjustment to give me that route, I don’t know how he got free, but he did,” said Jones, the Texans’ running back and return specialist.