For the second straight week, the Houston Texans gave one of the best teams in the NFL all it could handle. For the second straight week, Lovie Smith’s squad didn’t quite have what it took to close it out.
Last week, the Texans allowed the Dallas Cowboys to drive 98 yards for the game winning touchdowns. Sunday’s loss was even more painful. After the Texans stopped the Chiefs on their first drive in overtime, Davis Mills made a rather massive mistake.
While scrambling away from pressure, Mills had the ball knocked away from him. He fumbled and the Chiefs recovered. One play later, Kansas City scored a touchdown and ended the game, also clinching their seventh straight AFC West title. The loss moved the Texans to 1-12-1 on the season.
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Part of the loss to the Chiefs was put squarely on the shoulders of the coaching staff for very obvious reasons. In one particular drive, Lovie Smith called for a punt on 4th and 1 at midfield. Quite a few onlookers felt as though he should have gone for it, considering his squad didn’t have much to lose.
Towards the end of the first half, Lovie made another controversial call. After the Chiefs missed the game winning field goal near the end of regulation, the Texans had the ball with eight seconds to go and about 20 yards away from their own field goal range. Smith decided to kneel and go to over time.
He was asked about those calls, as well as the continued play of Jeff Driskel in the red zone and he stood by his coaching staff’s calls. Fans were not as convinced that his decisions were the right ones.
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While the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs game was wild, it was far from the craziest game of the day. The Cincinnati Bengals rallied from down 17-0 by scoring 34 straight points and winning their 10th game of the season.
But the wildest finish of the week goes to the Las Vegas Raiders and the New England Patriots. To describe what happened doesn’t really do it justice. So just take a look at this play.