Titans, Texans advance
UNDATED (AP) — The AFC South will have two representatives in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. The Tennessee Titans advanced by knocking off the defensive Super Bowl champs after the Houston Texans stormed back from a 16-point deficit.
Derrick Henry rushed for 182 yards and the go-ahead touchdown as the Titans eliminated the Patriots, 20-13 in Foxborough. Tennessee trailed 13-7 until Henry scored on a one-yard plunge with 35 seconds left in the first half. The score remained 14-13 until former Patriot Logan Ryan intercepted Tom Brady and returned it for a 9-yard TD in the closing seconds.
Brady threw for 209 yards, no touchdowns and one interception while engineering just one TD drive. New England’s lone touchdown came on wide receiver Julian Edelman’s five-yard run on the first play of the second quarter.
The 42-year-old Brady indicated after the game that he wants to play another season, saying that it’s unlikely he will retire. That leaves it up to the Patriots to determine whether he stays with the team or plays elsewhere next fall.
In Houston, Ka’imi (ka-EE’-mee) Fairbairn nailed a 28-yard field goal with 3:20 showing on the clock in overtime to complete the Texans’ rally in a 22-19 victory over the Bills. DeShaun Watson threw four passes for more than 10 yards during the winning drive, including a 34-yard completion to Taiwan Jones that put the Texans at first-and-goal.
The Bills led 16-0 late in the third quarter until Watson ran for a 20-yard TD and cracked the end zone on the two-point conversion. He added a five-yard scoring strike to Carlos Hyde that put Houston ahead 19-16, but Buffalo extended the game on Steven Hauschka’s 47-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in regulation.
Watson was 20 of 25 passing for 247 yards and no interceptions.
Josh Allen sparked the Bills’ offense, rushing nine times for 92 yards and completing 24 of 46 passes for 264 yards. Allen also grabbed a 16-yard TD pass from receiver John Brown on the game’s opening drive.
The win gives the Texans their first playoff victory since the 2016 season and extends Buffalo’s postseason losing streak to six games.
The Titans will travel to Baltimore to play the Ravens. The Texans will take on the Chiefs in Kansas City.
AP sources: Cowboys interview McCarthy, Lewis
UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are talking to former head coaches Mike McCarthy and Marvin Lewis in the surest sign so far that they are moving on from Jason Garrett.
People with direct knowledge of the situation say McCarthy was set to interview Saturday. One of the people says Lewis visited Friday and Saturday.
The Cowboys haven’t addressed the status of Garrett, who led an underachieving team to an 8-8 mark in the final year of his contract.