Texans owner Bob McNair didn’t see Randy Bullock’s 43-yard field goal sail wide right Saturday night at NRG Stadium, which sealed his team’s 12-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
“I think I passed out and when they woke me up, he missed it,” he joked outside the Texans locker room.
The miss not only gave the Texans their ninth win of the season, it handed them their second straight AFC South division title, and fourth in six seasons. Had the kick been a little more to the left, the Texans would have to play the Tennessee Titans in Nashville next in a winner-take-all game. It was big kick, and the guys on the Texans sideline handled the anxiety in their own way.
“You go through a thousand different emotions,” Texans defensive end Antonio Smith said. “After I went through those emotions, I gave them emotions up and went down and sat on the bench, gave a good prayer, turned it over to the lord, and then got up, walked to see what the result would be.”
To add to the moment, the man who whose foot would decide their fate once shared their locker room. Bullock was drafted with a fifth round pick in 2013, but was up-and-down in his first two seasons with the team before being released after four games in 2015.
“Randy is an old teammate of mine, but he missed that field goal,” Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said. “It was meant to be.”
“Just glad the pressure affected Randy,” Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus said.
Texans corner back A.J. Bouye had a feeling his old teammate wouldn’t come through.
“When we called a timeout, I looked at Randy and in my mind I’m like, he’s gonna miss it, he’s gonna miss it,” he said.
On Saturday, Bullock played in just his second game as a member of the Bengals, his third team of the season. He knocked a 43-yard field goal through the uprights to end the first half, keeping him perfect in 11 field goal attempts this season, but on his 12th attempt, old demons crept up on him, and Smith knows why.
“He ain’t got good luck here in Houston.”