Houston Texans: Costly decision leads to Texans’ OT loss to the Titans

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The Houston Texans fall to 1-5 on the season in a 42-36 overtime loss to the undefeated Tennessee Titans.

Up by a point with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter, Deshaun Watson connected with Brandin Cooks on a one-yard touchdown pass to put the Houston Texans ahead by seven. But instead of pushing the lead to eight with a field goal attempt, interim head coach Romeo Crennel decided to call a two-point conversion that failed.

The costly decision resulted in 13 unanswered points for Tennessee, as the Titans took a 42-36 overtime victory over the Texans inside Nissan Stadium. Derrick Henry, who ran for 212 yards on 22 carries, scored the game-winning touchdown for the Titans in wildcat formation.

“I wanted to go ahead and get the two points, I felt like that would have put the game out of reach for them,” Crennel said following Sunday’s loss. “If we had gotten it, we would have been in much better shape. But we did not get it. We did not perform well in overtime, and they [Titans] won the game.”

After a momentum swing in the second half, the Texans came one decision away from avoiding a 1-5 start. The turning point of the game came early in the third quarter when Justin Reid recorded his first field goal block of the season.

Reid’s block gave new life to the Texans as David Johnson converted a 1-yard touchdown play to pull Houston within four points.

One possession later, Watson connected with Randall Cobb on a four-yard touchdown drive to give Houston their first lead (23-21). The touchdown on 1st-and-goal was the recipient of J.J. Watt’s strip-sack on Ryan Tannehill. Watt is now one away from the 100th sack of his career.

“This is one really hurts,” Watt said. “The offense played great and gave us opportunities to win the game. But we did not finish the game on defense. We had multiple opportunities, and we did not do it. And as the leader of the defense, I put this squarely on my shoulders.”

For the third consecutive week, Watson threw for over 300 passing yards. He ended the day completing 75.7% of his passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns in the loss. Watson’s top receiver against the Titans was Will Fuller, who recorded 123 yards on six catches.

The quarterback-wideout duo only connected once in the end-zone on a 53-yard touchdown pass. The two-play drive gave the Texans a 30-29 lead midway through the fourth quarter, following a 94-yard touchdown run from Henry.

The Texans also received an enormous boost from TE Darren Fells in the passing game. Fells caught six passes for 85 yards and one trip to the end zone.

Houston gave up a total of 601 yards in the loss to the Titans. Tannehill registered 364 yards in passing while going 30-for-41 in the win. Anthony Firkser led the Titans in receiving with 113 yards on eight receptions.

“This one definitely hurts, but we gotta keep pushing forward,” Watson said. “It’s a long season. This is Game five, and we have 11 more games, so we have to continue to pile them up and see what happens.”

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