The Philadelphia Eagles threw the ball against the Houston Texans. Nick Foles threw the ball 49 times to be exact. He completed 35 of his 49 passes for 471 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. He averaged 9.4 yards an attempt. Alshon Jeffery bounced off a Justin Reid lowered shoulder tackle attempt to run forever. Nelson Agholor had Tyrann Mathieu trailing and hauled in an 83 yard touchdown catch. The Texans couldn’t cover Zach Ertz or Dallas Goedert either. The Eagles put up 32 points.
Houston was forced to scurry back. After trying and failing to run the football without any success in the first half, instead of attacking Philadelphia’s secondary, the Texans stuck with shotgun throws. Deshaun Watson threw it to DeAndre Hopkins a lot and made plays out of the pocket, including an outstanding touchdown throw to D’Onta Foreman, who got lost in the cconfusion after Watson seeped to the right.
Houston forced a punt on the following possession. The Texans got the ball back and went right back to slinging it. Watson broke four tackles in the pocket, got away from each defensive lineman, and found Jordan Akins downfield. Watson then threw it deep to Vyncint Smith, the undrafted free agent from the imaginary Limestone State, who slid a knee in bounds to tie the game. An extra point gave the Texans the lead.
On what would be Philadelphia’s game winning drive, Foles faced 3rd and 10. He tossed it up to Jeffery, who leaped over Johnathan Joseph. Clowney was tagged with a terrible roughing the passer penalty that added 15 yards to the end of the play. Foles found Ertz wide open. Sproles broke a long run on a draw play. Josh Elliott rocked a field goal right down the middle. The Texans lost a close game.
Bill O’Brien took the left instead of the right and was conservative. Punting on 4th and 2 at midfield. Kicking field goals. Playing for the field goal on 3rd and 11. Going for it on 4th and 9 after ignoring better and shorter opportunities to convert at more favorable spots on the field. Waiting until Houston fell behind to start aggressively attacking the Eagles’ secondary. On the other sideline, Doug Pederson let ‘em hang and converted all four fourth down conversions.
Additionally, Houston’s entire team is now in the hospital. Kareem Jackson was yanked from this one. Johnathan Joseph disappeared for a while. Demaryius Thomas might have torn his Achilles getting ready to block on a screen pass. Ryan Griffin took a shot to the neck. The puzzle will need to get put back together again this week.
The Texans will try and clinch the AFC South against the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday at 12 p.m. CST. With the Patriots beating the Dolphins today, Houston is back to the No. 3 seed in the AFC Playoffs but has not yet officially clinched a postseason berth.