The Houston Texans are the 2019 AFC South Champions. It wasn’t a perfect game but the team was successful in the end. The Texans defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-20 to clinch their fourth AFC South Championship title in five seasons. The Texans have now joined the company of the Kansas City Chiefs of the AFC West and the New England Patriots of the AFC East to have won their division four or more times.
“It is a good accomplishment. I think anytime you can win 10 games and win your division four out of five years, I think it shows some level of consistency. Obviously, we have a long way to go, but it’s a great accomplishment.” – O’Brien
With 7:11 left on the clock, Texans Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked a 37-yard field goal to give the team the 3-point advantage they needed to win. The offense was not at its best, contributing 229 yards of movement and a single touchdown from Carlos Hyde. Quarterback Deshaun Watson completed just under 60% of his passes while throwing for 184 yards and a single interception. Watson suffered a few hits during the game.
The defense picked up the slack, forcing five turnovers.
“Yeah, I think that we have played good as a team over the last two weeks. I think we have played good team football. When one side of the ball maybe wasn’t doing as good of a job as they could have done, the other side played well. I think that you see that today. I think our defense obviously came up big today. I thought our special teams played really good today. The takeaways with our defense are huge in a game [where] offensively it was a real struggle. Tampa Bay’s defense is, I think, an excellent defense. We give them a lot of credit, they took a lot of things away and it was a struggle, but it was a good team win.” – O’Brien stated.
Running back Carlos Hyde discussed how crucial the defense’s contributions were to the team’s success. “It’s huge though. Whenever the defense forces takeaways and gives us the ball back, that’s huge. Our defense did a good job, getting the ball, turnovers — they even scored seven points. Roby (CB Bradley Roby) got a touchdown today. Those guys were playing hard today. It helped us out. Offensively we weren’t really in a groove today but the defense did a good job carrying us today and it’s a good win for us.”