For too long the NFL’s overtime rules have left even the game’s biggest superstars powerless and at the mercy of a coin.
We can now add Deshaun Watson and his Houston Texans to the list of casualties to the overtime coin toss curse.
The Houston quarterback’s reaction said it all when Tennessee won a coin toss and elected to receive the ball at the start of the overtime period after the two teams were left tied at 36-36.
It left the Titans only needing a touchdown to steal the win without Watson and the Texans’ offence even having a chance to get on the field.
That’s exactly what happened.
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As Watson gathered for the crucial coin toss his hilariously stroppy reaction showed that the game was already over. Watson knew all-too-well that his team would only get a chance to win the game if his team’s defence stopped the Titans or held them to a field goal.
After losing the toss, he turned around and threw his head back in anguish.
The game was already over.
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A few plays later and Tennessee sealed the win 42-36 on the back of some wild moves from Derrick Henry.
Derrick Henry can do it all. @KingHenry_2
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It was a particularly frustrating result for the Texans after they had a chance to win it in regular time.
Texans interim coach Romeo Crennel passed up a chance for an extra-point attempt to go up by eight after Brandin Cooks’ one-yard touchdown reception gave Houston a 36-29 lead with two-minutes remaining.
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The two-point conversion attempt failed, and Ryan Tannehill (364 yards) marched down the field and completed his fourth TD toss of the game to A.J. Brown, a 7-yarder with four seconds left in regulation.
“I wanted to go ahead and get the two points and I felt like that would kind of put it out of reach for them,” Crennel said. “As it turned out, we didn’t get it, and then with the touchdown and the extra point they tied it up. We didn’t perform in overtime and they won the game.”
Watson threw for 335 yards and four touchdowns for the Texans, whose defence surrendered 601 total yards to fall to 1-5.
Tennessee, which dealt with extensive COVID-19 issues earlier this month, is unbeaten through five games for the first time since a 10-0 start in 2008.
“I’m just happy to be on this team,” Henry said. “We’re 5-0, playing good team football no matter what. No matter how the game’s going, we don’t quit and finish games.”
— with New York Post
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