The Texans jumped out to a 24-0 lead in Sunday’s divisional round showdown against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, and they were 93.9 percent favorites to win the contest in the second quarter, at that point.
But the Chiefs never stopped fighting.
A big return by Mecole Hardman return helped the Chiefs score a quick touchdown, cutting the lead to 24-7, but it was up to the defense to get stops.
They did exactly that, forcing a fourth-and-4 situation, which is when Texans head coach Bill O’Brien made the dumbest coaching mistake of the game. He went for a fake punt on his own 31-yard line, and it didn’t go well, with Justin Reid being tackled two yards short of the mark to gain.
Maybe the least successful fake punt in NFL history pic.twitter.com/HxUhHBKRh3
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) January 12, 2020
Twitter roasted O’Brien afterward, as you might imagine.
That fake punt might have been the dumbest coaching decision of all time.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) January 12, 2020
So Bill O’Brien doesn’t go for 4th & 1 in the red zone but does go for the fake punt on 4th & 4 from his own 31 pic.twitter.com/qT6maBcXnb
— Jerry Thornton (@jerrythornton1) January 12, 2020
To recap: Bill kicked a FG one 4th and inches…and runs a fake punt inside his own 40? Ok then
— trey wingo (@wingoz) January 12, 2020
The Chiefs went right down the field and scored a touchdown — and another one. Oh, and then they scored again, taking a 28-24 lead into the half, for an insanely improbable comeback — thanks to O’Brien.