COFL Bowl II: Texans vs. Panthers
Host: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens (Dolphins)
Teams/Coaches: Texans (DRob83) vs. Panthers (KingKonz)
Score: Texans 21, Panthers 10
MVP: Lamar Miller
After a disappointing finish in last year's playoffs, Coach DRob surprised a lot of people by using a top ten draft pick on the Houston Texans. However, it wasn't more than three games into the season that it became clear his new team would be a force to be reckoned with, combining a powerful rushing attack with a deep threat wide receiver and dominating front four on defense. The season reached an impressive climax with a 38-3 victory over the defending champion Chiefs.
Houston finished the regular season with a 14-2 record, which was only topped by the 15-1 Carolina Panthers. Coach KingKonz was impressive in hiding any of the team's weaknesses and dominating the field, entering the playoffs as the odds-on favorite to take home the trophy.
Houston set the tone on the first play as JJ Watt spun off a double team to sack Cam Newton. The Panthers fought back, though, and moved into field goal range before the Texan's relentless pressure struck again, and Newton was hit while throwing, causing a pop-up interception. Miller and company capitalized with an impressive touchdown drive to go up 7-0.
From there, the defenses traded blows, with Carolina eventually getting on the board with a field goal. The next major play came when the Panthers' edge rush got to a scrambling Osweiler, he coughed it up, and big Mario Addison scooped and scored, giving Carolina a 10-7 lead.
Only a few plays later, with just under a minute remaining the half, MVP Lamar Miller lost the ball, and Carolina pounced on it. It looked like things might be falling apart for the Texans, but just as Cam Newton jogged onto the field to try to stretch the lead to two scores, a booth review came in, and the fumble was overturned. Rather than timidly run out the clock and head to the locker rooms, Houston responded aggressively, and quickly put together a second impressive drive which ended in another Lamar Miller touchdown.
It would take only one more Houston scoring drive in the second half to allow the dominating Houston defense to make the Panthers one dimensional and keep them out of the end zone for the rest of the game. Cam Newton finished just 10 of 20 passing for 150 yards and 4 interceptions (35.4 QB Rating).