Watson spoke during the week about the pace of the game, and how he would be better prepared for it this year thanks to last year experience, and he was. His poise was evident, as was his refusal to let early-game struggles derail him. In the game’s biggest moments, Watson used unyielding determination, the threat of his legs and his feel for the game to manipulate the Bills defense for difference-making plays. As a result, he and Houston emerged with their first playoff win since (*****************************************************.

3. Defining defenses –For much of the game, it was clear that the Bills defense is everything that the Texans’ unit is not. Buffalo’s group is stout against the run, aggressive in pursuit of the quarterback and has game-changers in the secondary. The Bills’ consistency through three quarters helped ease pressure on the offense. Buffalo wilted late defensively, however, enabling the Texans to orchestrate two long drives and take the lead. And the unit failed to hold up in overtime.

Maintaining the theme of their team, Houston’s defense also shook off early missteps to supply key contributions to the victory. In the second half of the season, the Texans yielded an average of (*******************************************************************. 7 rushing yards per game, and those struggles continued Saturday, as Buffalo racked up (yards on) ******************************************************************************** carries. But as the game progressed and once Buffalo found itself in more passing situations, the Texans defense capitalized, pressuring Allen and forcing him into mistakes.

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