So much for playoff jitters for the Buffalo Bills and their second-year quarterback Josh Allen.
The Bills struck first in dramatic fashion on Saturday against the Houston Texans in their Wild Card round matchup, when they dug deep into the playbook for a trick play that led to an opening-drive touchdown.
Second-year Bills quarterback Josh Allen caught his first career TD on a wild end-around play, where he tossed it to wide receiver John Brown, who would then throw it back to Allen who finished the play by leaping over a defender into the end zone.
Who could have predicted that the first score of this year’s NFL Playoffs would be a TD reception by a quarterback!
Allen is the first QB to catch a touchdown in the postseason since Nick Foles’ receiving TD for the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII in 2018.
The score was only the Bills’ second touchdown on an opening drive this season and gave them an early 7-0 lead that quieted an electric atmosphere in Houston.
Two plays prior to the touchdown, Allen showed off his versatility, breaking out for a 42-yard run that got the Bills down to the Texans’ 20-yard line.
Allen became the first QB in NFL playoff history with a 40-yard rush and a receiving touchdown, and both occurred on the same drive.
The Bills would go on to squander a 16-point second-half lead and ultimately fell in overtime, 22-19.
Allen, who looked like a poised veteran in the first half, showed the nerves of an inexperienced QB under the intense pressure of postseason play in the second half, as he lost a big fumble at the beginning of the fourth quarter and made some questionable decisions down the stretch.
Texans Rally From 16 Down to Win Wild OT Thriller, 22-19
The Bills were up 16-0 midway through the third quarter and appeared to be on their way to their first playoff victory since 1995.
Then the Texans’ superstars stepped up to the plate and authored an incredible comeback with their backs to the wall.
The game began to turn when the heart and soul of the Texans’ franchise, J.J. Watt made a huge sack of Josh Allen to hold the Bills to a field goal in the middle of the third quarter. That was the lift that Houston needed to jump-start their comeback.
QB Deshaun Watson then led the Texans on a 75-yard drive that was capped by his gutsy 20-yard rushing TD, where he plowed his way to the endzone, refusing to be stopped.
The Texans would score 19 unanswered points, taking the lead on a 5-yard TD pass from Watson to running back Carlos Hyde with 4:37 left in the fourth.
The Bills would not go down without a fight, tying the game on a 47-yard field goal by Stephen Hauschka that would send the game to OT.
The Texans went three and out on their first possession in OT and the Bills had their nine-play drive end with a punt.
Houston would end up converting a huge 3rd and 18 from their own 19-yard line that kept their second drive of OT alive.
Then it was Watson’s time to shine. The two-time NFL Pro Bowler made the play of the game when he somehow escaped two Bills defenders, bouncing off of their would-be tackles, freeing himself up to hit Taiwan Jones for a 34-yard completion that set the Texans up for the 28-yard game-winning field goal by Ka’imi Fairbairn.
With the win, the Texans advanced to next weekend’s Divisional round where they face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. ET.