What an absolute treat we got on Saturday! The games played were two of the most entertaining and stunning I’ve ever seen. A team that is known for constantly losing in the wildcard having a comeback against a team who had a chokehold on the game. And a 9-7 team overcoming a top three defense and the greatest quarterback of all time is a “David vs. Goliath” feeling, but I’ll get into why this isn’t too surprising soon.
Texans Beat Bills 22-19
This to me was a huge shocker. The Texans are infamously known for being a good regular season team and disappointing in the playoffs. And with how great the Bills defense is, I assumed that trend would continue. I predicted a 20-7 win for the Bills, but man was I wrong. The first half was almost exactly what I expected with the Bills suffocating the Texans offense and held Deshaun Watson to less than 70 yards in the first half for the first time in his career. It only made it sweeter when Josh Allen decided to play like an elite quarterback. But then the second half happened.
After a short (and hilarious) blunder in which the Texan’s return man almost gave the Bills a free touchdown, the Texans flipped the script. After 43 minutes of play, Watson took it upon himself and ran for 20 yards and a touchdown while dragging two Bills defenders with him. From then on, the Texans would dominate, scoring 19 unanswered points before Josh Allen and the Bills could set up a game-tying field goal. This wouldn’t be enough, as the Texans would go down and kick a game-winner in their second drive of overtime.
Titans Upset Patriots 20-13
All seemed to go well for Tom Brady and the Pats after doing typical Patriots playoff stuff in the first drive and getting a field goal. But then Tennessee’s star running back, and one of my favorite players in the NFL, 2015 Heisman winner Derrick Henry, went bananas. He rushed for over 180 yards and had 34 carries! Because of the incredible play from Derrick Henry and the Titans defense, they held a comfortable 14-13 lead deep into the fourth quarter. But Brady and the Patriots still had one more chance late in the game to bring it back. And what normally happens when Brady has another chance at the end of the game? Well, he almost never throws a pick six, but he did this time and the Titans won 20-13. Most were quick to call this the biggest upset of the weekend, but due to how mediocre the Patriots offense has been recently, it shouldn’t be all too surprising even though it’s the playoffs (where the Pats always shine) and not the regular season. We may have just seen Brady’s last snap in New England.
Which game was the bigger upset to you? Shoot me a message and let me know.
By Hugo Vazquez, Senior, Brooks College Prep