Monday, July 22, 2024

Texans ride historic Stroud to 39-37 win

The Houston Texans moved into second place in the AFC South with a stunning 39-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the back of CJ Stroud’s rookie record 470 passing yards.

But it wasn’t just Stroud’s yards that were impressive, trailing 37-33 with 46 seconds left, he led the Texans to an improbable 75-yard touchdown in 6 plays for the go ahead score. Stroud went 5/6 for 75 yards and the winning touchdown pass, his only incompletion was clocking the ball.


The Buccaneers thought they’d won the game on Baker Mayfield’s 14-yard pass to Cade Otton with 46 seconds left. It gave the Bucs the lead in what had been an epic back-and-forth game. Mayfield himself had a good game, completing 21/30 for 265 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he was completely overshadowed by the Texans rookie.

Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans was full of praise for Stroud after the game saying, “It was a gutsy performance from him. It wasn’t all clean but he gutted it out. He was tough in the pocket. Made some plays, made some big-time throws for us.”

The Bucs will have to pick themselves up from this devastating loss somehow. “It’s a devastating loss, no doubt about it,” Tampa Bay coach Todd Bowles said. “We’ve got to eat it. All of us feel the same way, especially me. I’ve been coaching a long time, I haven’t been involved in too many of these where it’s been back and forth like that and came down on the other end with a few things happening.”

Tampa Bay BuccaneersHouston Texans
1st Downs2126
Passing 1st downs1022
Rushing 1st downs82
1st downs from penalties32
3rd down efficiency3-133-11
4th down efficiency2-21-1
Total Plays6362
Total Yards332496
Total Drives1212
Yards per Play5.38.0
Yards per pass7.89.8
Interceptions thrown00
Sacks-Yards Lost2-143-27
Rushing Attempts3117
Yards per rush2.63.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-53-4
Fumbles lost11
Interceptions thrown00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

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