Houston has a short week to get over a tough loss.
The Texans put together an unlikely 10-point rally against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, but fell 20-17 in overtime.
“Our defense did a good job, but we didn’t do enough offensively,” said Houston coach Bill O’Brien said, whose Texans host AFC South opponent Indianapolis on Thursday. “These games come down to five, six, seven plays. We have to get better fast. We have to stop making mistakes. We can’t jump offsides. We can’t throw interceptions. We have to call better plays.”
The frustration carried over into the locker room.
“Football is a brutal game,” Houston defensive end J.J. Watt said. “It’s brutal on your body. It’s brutal on your emotions. … You feel the pain when you don’t do well. Today, we showed that resilience. It was good to see, but at the end of the day, we lost the game.”
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick engineered the Texans’ four-play, game-tying drive. The Texans forced overtime with two passes and two Arian Foster runs, including Foster’s 1-yard touchdown with 41 seconds left in regulation.
But Dallas won the game on a 49-yard field goal by Dan Bailey.
Fitzpatrick completed 16 of 25 passes for 154 yards, but 93 of those yards came in the fourth quarter on 8-of-9 passing. He was intercepted for the sixth time in three games when Orlando Scandrick picked him off in the first quarter. The offense also didn’t converted any of Dallas’ three turnovers into points.
“I’m not playing good enough to win,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’ve just got to continue to get better and continue to grow as a player.”
Watt was most upset with the sack that wasn’t. Romo got free of Watt and found Terrance Williams on a 43-yard touchdown with 6:08 left in the third quarter.
“It’s frustrating to a player who is supposed to make plays,” Watt said. “I should have made that play. It weighs on you.”
The money ball
On a third-and-8 play in overtime, Tony Romo lofted a deep pass to Dez Bryant. Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph felt like he was in position for the play.
“Third down. Man-to-man coverage. It was kind of a stutter and go. I don’t think I could have any better coverage than what I had on the play,” Joseph said. “It’s the NFL; those guys get paid to make the catch there.”
The Texans they have lost three in a row to Dallas since their 19-10 debut victory in 2002. Dallas won 39-6 in 2006 and 27-13 in 2010.