On Sunday the Texans came away with a 19-17 win against the Broncos in Denver. A questionable decision before halftime on the part of Broncos head coach Vance Joseph proved to be the difference.
With 23 seconds left before halftime and the Texans up 13-10, Joseph sent out kicker Brandon McManus to attempt a 62-yard field goal. He missed the kick, giving the Texans a shot at putting points on the board themselves.
Had the Broncos punted, the Texans would have likely taken a knee from deep in their own territory. The missed kick gave them decent field position and 18 seconds on the clock to setup a field goal attempt of their own.
That’s exactly what the Texans did. Completions to Ryan Griffin and DeAndre Hopkins set Houston up for a 46-yard field goal attempt.
The kick was good, the Texans took a 16-10 into the half and Houston’s head coach Bill O’Brien was spotted thanking Vance Joseph for the gift.
— Nick Mahan (@CoachMahanRC) November 4, 2018
That seems like a fair assessment of the situation on O’Brien’s part.