- This was a battle of two teams that have different approaches and gameplans for their young quarterbacks. The Titans started Marcus Mariota and the Texans played rookie DeShaun Watson. Tennessee expects Mariota, to make too many plays deep downfield and with his legs. Contrast that with how the Texans handle Watson. He is also allowed to make more intermediate throws to his wide receivers and running backs so they can gain yards after the catch. Watson was able to make plays when running the ball on designed quarterback runs and run-pass-options. The Texans protected Watson well and ran the ball well out of multiple formations, and he got their best wide receivers, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller the football.
- First big decision of the game: Down 30-14, the Titans have an opportunity to cut the lead down to potentially a one score game. Tennessee gets the ball back with about 1:20 left and three timeouts at their own 25 yardline. On the first play from scrimmage, Mariota throws an interception and Houston gets the ball back with two timeouts near midfield. They try to get an explosive play here rather than get chunks of yardage and take time off the clock. Watson drives the Texans downfield, but they throw an interception into the end zone. The Texans go into the half leading 30-14 and with a chance to stay in the game. The game was close to being almost completely out of reach at the half.
- Second big decision of the game: On the first drive of the second half and up two scores (30-14), and with the drive having taken up about six minutes to that point, on 4th down from the Titans 27, Houston attempts a fourth down conversion rather than attempt a 45 yard field goal. They convert on a Watson pass to DeAndre Hopkins (one of his ten receptions) and later go on to score a touchdown and take a commanding 37-14 lead. The Titans are not able to get back into the game. The conversion that led to the touchdown sealed the game for the Texans.