On the next play, Ka'imi Fairbairn hit the winning 28-yard field goal to propel the Texans past the Buffalo Bills 22-19 in the AFC wild-card game.
"I just told myself to stay up," said Watson to Lisa Salters postgame. "It's do or die right now and all that work I put in in the offseason, I just had to make play.
"Somebody had to be great, why not me?"
In the first half, Watson had completed 6 of 8 passes for 49 yards and the Texans ran 20 offensive plays in the first half, their fewest in the first half of any game (including playoffs) in the last 10 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Watson finished the game with 20 of 26 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown. The quarterback also ran for 55 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Watson is the only starting quarterback in the last 15 postseasons with a 14-point comeback win in college and the NFL. He led a 14-point comeback win against Alabama in the 2017 college football playoff national championship game, and a 16-point comeback victory on Saturday against the Bills.
Watson somehow avoids sack, finds Jones for huge gain
Deshaun Watson breaks away from multiple tacklers and finds Taiwan Jones, who goes 34 yards to the 10-yard line to set up the winning field goal.