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Buffalo Bills playoff heartbreaker: Texans win in overtime

The Bills led 16-0 in the third quarter, but they could not hang on during a season-ending loss to Houston.

HOUSTON — Deshaun Watson spun out of a would-be sack and coolly completed a pass that set up the winning field goal in overtime as the Texans rallied from a double-digit second-half deficit for a 22-19 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the playoffs Saturday. 

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Both teams had to punt on their first possessions of overtime. On Houston’s next drive, Watson evaded a sack by wriggling away from one defender and bouncing off another before rolling out to find Taiwan Jones for a 34-yard reception to set up first-and-goal. 

Ka'imi Fairbairn then kicked a 28-yard field goal to lift Houston to the victory. 

The first half of the game was dominated by the Bills. 

On the Bills' first drive, quarterback Josh Allen ran for 42 yards, then caught a touchdown pass from John Brown, while also completing two passes. 

Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, it's just the fifth time that a quarterback has caught a touchdown pass in the postseason. 

"Every loss is personal," Allen said in a postgame news conference. "If I can go out there and execute differently ... there are some things we should have hit on, I put that on my shoulders, especially with how well our defense played today."

The Bills extended their lead to 16-0 in the third quarter but could not hold on. 

A 47-yard field goal by Stephen Hauschka late in the fourth quarter tied the game at 19 and forced overtime for the Bills. 

"There was nothing I was going say (to the team) that was going to take the pain away," Bills coach Sean McDermott said following the loss. "The guys gave it everything they had, and we will never stop fighting." 

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