The Houston Texans were imperfect on Sunday but their victory over the Titans means the AFC South is now theirs to lose.
Divisional battles are always tough in the National Football league. This is why I was so thrilled to watch this game. With Nissan Stadium fully engaged, the Titans 2nd Quarter offensive drive had them down in the Red-Zone with a ton of momentum. This all collapsed when Ryan Tannehill threw an interception to Whitney Mercilus from the 3 yard line.
The Mercilus interception deadened the Titans crowd and ignited a 14-0 scoring run that made it seem the Texans would run away with the game.
Yet, the Titans did fight back in the 2nd half. They matched Houston's 14-0 run to tie the game and registered their own red-zone interception late in the 3rd quarter.
With all of this, the Titans were playing catch up in the morale category for far too long to win this game. When Houston finally shook off the jitters, they meticulously ran the clock out with a sustained late game offensive drive. Houstons now holds the AFC South #1 seed if they win out or if the Titans lose out.