1. Dec. 1, 2019
Week 13: New England Patriots at Houston Texans
Final Score: Texans 28, Patriots 22
Until this game, it seemed like the Houston Texans were never able to get the monkey off of their backs or beat the team that had dominated the entirety of the 21st century.
Whether it was Matt Schaub, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer, Brock Osweiler, Deshaun Watson or anyone else on the field, the New England Patriots had the Texans’ number and it was always frustrating to not get over the hump in front of them. However, this game was a clear changing of the guards.
Right out of the gate, the Texans were aggressive and excited to unveil new plays in their arsenal. The first score was an easy dump-off to Duke Johnson, then Houston jumped out to a 14-3 lead after a Darren Fells red-zone reception.
The energy in the building during Sunday Night Football was electric, capped off by back-to-back bombs to Will Fuller and Kenny Stills. The Fuller catch was called back, but following the Stills score, the team broke out their favorite air guitar celebrations.
The defense was relentless all night and forced Brady into numerous errant throws, leading to one of his worst and least efficient nights ever. The highlight of the game was easily a goal-line trick play which started with an end-around and eventually wound up as a pitch from Hopkins-to-Deshaun Watson for another touchdown.
Though the final score ended up being 28-22, this one a monumental win for the city of Houston and gave the team much-needed confidence heading into the end of the regular season. It also allowed the Texans to earn a win in their final matchup vs. Tom Brady in a Patriots uniform.