By the end of the game, the strong Texans defense rolled over. Rashad Jenningsran the ball down the Texans' throats when the game was still competitive, and Houston offered little resistance in the fourth quarter. Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh said Watt and the rest of the Texans' defensive line "tapped out" by the end of the game, according to Tom Rock of Newsday.
After the game, Pugh mimicked the questions he heard all week about Watt.
"What's he going to do? How badly is he going to disrupt? How much is he going to hurt you guys?'" Pugh said. "Now you guys are asking the opposite question -- 'Why wasn't he disruptive?' -- and I think that's because we didn't want to hear that and we didn't want to answer those questions."
Watt actually was disruptive. He had a seven tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss, a quarterback hit and a pass defensed. But it wasn't enough, especially in the running game. Eli Manning called the offensive line's performance "dominant," and it's hard to disagree. Jennings rushed for 176 yards.