This was the greatest football game I’ve ever seen. I didn’t want it to end. The entirety of my life could be composed of these two teams roughhousing, and I would lay in my hospital bed with a smile, not a grimace on my face, once my time comes to an end.
This game had it all. Justin Reid smashing Anthony Firkser on a slant route and putting the ball into Whitney Mercilus’s hands, who then juked Ryan Tannehill and took it to the other red zone; Angelo Blackson earning his $4 million by blocking a field goal; Jonnu Smith jet sweeping; Deshaun Watson lofting touchdown passes to Kenny Stills; Houston throwing the ball deep with and without play action; the Texans having a successful run game against a really good Titans’ run defense; A.J. Brown hand-catching; Derrick Henry breaking arm tackles; a brutal almost goal line stand; ESTABLISHING THE RUN; beautiful Titans fans crowd shots; an onside kick recovery; and confusing clock management that put Tony Romo in disappointed Dad territory.
But all things have to come to an end. Everything is finite. Nothing is infinite, not even the universe itself. The Texans started with the ball at their own nine yard line. Carlos Hyde had success. They pushed it downfield to DeAndre Hopkins, they killed the majority of the clock, and they kicked a short field goal to go up by ten. Tennessee countered with a quick touchdown. The onside kick was recovered by Justin Reid. Charles Omenihu suffocated Ryan Tannehill’s death rattle. I hope that great pineapple man in the sky is doing alright.
Luckily, we get to see it again Week 17 in Houston, in a game that could still be for the AFC South Championship. This of course would require the Texans to lose to the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay and the Titans to beat the Saints at home next week.
This probably won’t happen. The Texans have a stranglehold on the division, but life is weird, sports are weirder, and strange things happen.
The Texans head to Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers next Saturday—-not Sunday—at 12 p.m. You better bring your boathouse.