The Houston Texans dispelled the notion that they are a first-round exit in the playoffs after their victory over the Buffalo Bills.
The Houston Texans were entering their fourth trip to the playoffs with an unfavorable 1-2 record in the first round of the playoffs and a 1-3 playoff record since Bill O’Brien was hired in 2014 The Texans had been successful in earning a berth to the playoffs with four out of six possible trips to the postseason under O’Brien, but they historically struggled to make any progress.
Out of their previous three games in the wildcard round, the Texans only made it past the first round against the Oakland Raiders in 2016 but were defeated in the AFC Divisional game against the New England Patriots.
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The Texans have been on the wrong side of history in the wild card round in the O’Brien era with defeats against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015, and the Indianapolis Colts in 2018. However, the Texans turned their fortunes around with a thrilling overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Houston was down 16-0 after the first half against Buffalo and their play after two-quarters gave hints of another disappointing appearance in the playoffs for the Texans.
However, the Texans scored 19 unanswered points to put themselves in a position to play another quarter in overtime.
Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 28-yard field goal completed the comeback to erase a 16 point deficit and propel the Texans to a 22-19 victory over the Bills.
The Texans showed a lot of heart by not giving up and will face Baltimore Ravens or Chiefs depending on the outcome of the Tennessee Titans and Patriots game on Saturday night.