The NFL playoffs are officially underway, and they kicked off with a bang in the NFL Wild Card Round between the Houston Texans (10-6) of the AFC South and Buffalo Bills (10-6) of the AFC East at NRG Stadium on ESPN/ABC.
The highly anticipated postseason matchup pit two dual-threat star quarterbacks in Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who own the second- and third-most rushing yards for a quarterback this season behind Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson.
Unsurprisingly, Allen and the Bills set off fireworks almost immediately after kickoff in the opening drive.
Allen showcased his wheels and receiving abilities as the Bills offense pulled off the Buffalo Special, a trick play in which they faked a handoff and tossed the ball to wide receiver John Brown. Allen snuck down the sideline and hauled in a 16-yard touchdown to complete the awesome play give Buffalo a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Bills’ Josh Allen Catches Trick Play Touchdown
Allen, known for his athletic ability despite his massive 6-foot-5 frame, also added a 42-yard run in the drive, giving way to the touchdown-scoring trick play to begin the first half.
He racked up 510 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns in the regular season.
The Brown-to-Allen touchdown wasn’t the first trick play the Bills have pulled off this season.
On Thanksgiving, they pulled off a similar play against the Dallas Cowboys that also resulted in a John Brown touchdown pass. That one fell into the wide open hands of running back Devin Singletary.
Saturday afternoon’s AFC Wild Card playoff game also marked the return of three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who is playing in his first game since suffering a torn pectoral in October.
Watt isn’t the only star athlete on the gridiron for this Bills vs. Texans bout. Two All-Pros are going head-to-head in Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White, whose six interceptions are tied for most in the NFL.
Both teams are vying for a Super Bowl run despite limited playoff success. The Bills, led by head coach Sean McDermott, haven’t won a postseason game since 1995. The Texans, coached by Bill O’Brien, fell to the Indianapolis Colts in the 2018 playoffs and have never won more than one game in a single postseason.
NFL Wild Card Weekend wraps up with a Saturday night matchup between the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans on CBS at 8:15 p.m. ET. Sunday’s slate features NFC games in the Vikings-Saints and and Seahawks-Eagles.