Well, we’ve only had one week of the NFL season, but we’ve already had a possible “Game of the Year.” Saints-Texans was off the rails.
There were a pair of lead changes in the final minute, including a game-winning field goal on the final play of the game. There were two quarterbacks absolutely putting on a show.
Really, this game had everything, but the final minute was special. After the Saints took a 27-21 lead on a Will Lutz field goal with 55 seconds left, Deshaun Watson went to work.
Two plays, 18 seconds. That’s all it took for Watson to get down the field and throw a touchdown to Kenny Stills to tie the score.
Two fantastic throws by Deshaun Watson back-to-back to gain the late lead. And Kenny Stills makes the easy money without the deep safety over the middle. pic.twitter.com/wsPDVoHTX9
— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) September 10, 2019
Incredibly, the Texans were bailed out by a roughing the kicker penalty on the ensuing extra point, which Kai Fairbairn missed. Given a second opportunity, he hit it to put Houston up 28-27.
But Drew Brees has an answer. He moved his team down the field on five plays (three completions, two spikes to stop the clock) and set up a 58-yard field goal attempt by Will Lutz for the win.
Lutz drilled it. The kick might have been good from 68.
WILL LUTZ 58 YARDS CALLS GAME💪
What a crazy ending pic.twitter.com/OQMcSuCeuc
— BettorIQ (@BettorIQ) September 10, 2019
We know the NFL will produce more classic games this season, but this was one of the most fun finishes we’ve seen in a bit.
Both of these teams will be worth watching throughout the season. Tonight was only the beginning.