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Texans Interim Coach Romeo Crennel Defends His Two-Point Decision in Final Minutes

Texans interim coach Romeo Crennel eschewed a field goal that would have put his team up four points in favor of a fourth-down play that resulted in a Brandin Cooks touchdown catch pushing Houston up seven points over the Titans with 1:50 to play.

Crennel’s next decision didn’t work out as well, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

The interim coach called for a 2-point attempt in an effort to stretch the lead to nine instead of kicking the extra point and making it an eight-point game. On the 2-point try, Deshaun Watson bought time and had a wide-open Randall Cobb for a conversion that would have all but clinched the win. Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, however, got a paw on the ball to deflect the pigskin to the ground.

From there, the Titans marched down the field, kicked an extra point to tie, sent the game to overtime and won on a Derrick Henry TD on the first possession of OT.

“I wanted to go ahead and get the two points,” Crennel said defending his decision, via Sarah Barshop of ESPN. “It felt like that would kind of put it out of reach for them, and if we would have gotten it, we would have been in much better shape. As it turned out, we didn’t get it, and then with the touchdown and the extra point they tied it up, and we were in overtime.”


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