Houston outlasts Buffalo to advance in AFC playoffs

Houston outlasts Buffalo to advance in AFC playoffs

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans survived a scare from the visiting Buffalo Bills by scoring 19 points in the fourth-quarter and holding on in overtime to secure a 22-19 overtime victory Saturday in the first AFC wild-card game of the weekend.

Deshaun Watson led three second-half scoring drives to erase a double-digit deficit and then was at his best in overtime, directing a 73-yard game-winning drive capped by a 28-yard Ka’imi Fairbairn field goal to help Houston advance to the divisional round.

“I told the guys, I put a card in their lockers, ‘Let’s be great today,’ ” said Watson, who finished with 247 yards on 20-of-25 passing. “Somebody had to be great. Why not me?”

Houston will face either the Baltimore Ravens or the Kansas City Chiefs next weekend, pending the result of Saturday night’s game between the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans.

Here are three things that stood out Saturday.

1. Experience provides the edge — The Bills and quarterback Josh Allen opened the game in impressive fashion. When they took a 16-0 lead in the third quarter, it appeared as though the Bills would be punching their ticket for the divisional round. However, the Texans kept plugging along and eventually hit their stride. A Texans team that lost at home to Indianapolis in last year’s wild-card round drew on that experience this time around and had just enough to edge out a talented yet still developing Bills team. 

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