- Both of these teams know each other very well, and the close game that emerged is not a surprise.
- It appeared that the Texans’ game plan was to liberalize the offensive play calls for rookie QB Watson, and he rewarded their faith in him as the Texans’ offensive output was their best showing of the year.
- The game came down to perfect execution and clock management by the Patriots on their end-of-game drive to take the lead; conversely, when the Texans took over the ball needing a FG to tie the game, they failed to quickly call a timeout after a nice downfield completion. On top of that, they lacked the use of an additional timeout as Texans Head Coach O’Brien burned it on a losing challenge call late in the 3rd quarter. The Texans have an excellent team, and with QB Watson continuing to improve, they will challenge for the division again this year. However, these end-of-game management decisions must improve.