The Texans rallied to erase a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit Sunday night to force overtime against the Colts. As Houston finished its comeback with a 26-23 overtime win on national TV, much of NRG Stadium was empty. A good chunk of the home crowd headed out early.
The Texans were hyped by their win, but displeased with their fans.
"I hope their brisket turned out OK," Vince Wilfork said. "They had to go home and check it ... To see you have a shot in the game and to see half the stadium empty, it was surprising to be honest with you. I never encountered that before but I guess it is what it is."
Vince Wilfork and Charles James II not too happy so many fans left early on Sunday. Vince: "I hope their brisket turned out ok" pic.twitter.com/XGrwjdfGBX
— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) October 17, 2016
(And as we have seen, Wilfork is a man who knows about things like brisket.)
Quarterback Brock Osweiler threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns. He has only been in Houston for a few months now, but the 25-year-old made his voice heard.
"I think a lot of fans tonight missed a terrific performance in the third, fourth quarter by a team," he said.
— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) October 17, 2016
"It just shows your true colors," cornerback Charles James II added.
We stayed together even after some left to the ones who stayed this ones for you #WeAreTexans
— Charles James II (@CJDeuce_) October 17, 2016
With the win, the Texans moved to 4-2, which puts them atop the AFC South and tied for No. 2 in the AFC. If the season ended Monday, the Texans would actually own the second AFC bye after the Patriots.
The Texans lost three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt for the season after Week 3 (back), which has led fans inside and outside Houston to treat the 2016 Texans with skepticism. But the Texans curbed some of that Sunday.
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