The Houston Texans had some trouble late in Week 13 against the New England Patriots, but they held off a comeback attempt to beat them 28-22 on Sunday Night Football. Most people figured the Texans had a chance to spring the home upset, but prior to the final part of the fourth quarter, Houston rolled for much of the game.
The Texans defense put together a mostly impressive performance against the Patriots, but DeShaun Watson was the star of this game. He threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns, and also caught a six-yard touchdown on a ridiculous option play in the fourth quarter. The performance made him the first player since Jim McMahon in 1985 to log a receiving touchdown while also throwing three or more touchdowns.
With the win, the Texans improve to 8-4. They hold a one-game lead over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC South with two games remaining between the two teams over the final four weeks. Houston holds onto the No. 3 seed over Kansas City thanks to their head-to-head victory over the Chiefs. The Texans are now two games back of both the Patriots and Ravens for a first round bye.
Speaking of the Ravens, they were the big beneficiaries of New England’s loss. The Ravens beat the 49ers earlier in the day and moved into a tie with the Patriots. Baltimore holds the tiebreaker thanks to their win over New England, so the Ravens now hold the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
In Week 14, the Texans host the Denver Broncos, the Patriots host the Chiefs, and the Ravens travel to face the Buffalo Bills.