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DeAndre Hopkins comes up big in Texans W

DeAndre Hopkins came up with the Texans biggest gain on offense.

He followed it up two plays later with a touchdown catch. 

Hopkins finished with a game-high five catches for 67 yards, and his score put the Texans up 20-7 with 1:20 remaining in the first half. 

On 2nd-and-Goal from the Oakland 2-yard line, Brock Osweiler rifled to the left side where a slanting Hopkins slid and caught the ball. 

"My coaches and Brock trusted me to give me the ball," Hopkins said. "We knew we would get one where only I could get it. We saw some things in the red zone against these guys that we could take advantage of. We went out there and did it."

Osweiler said Hopkins made a "great play", and it gave the Texans what proved to be the game-winning score.

"Hop ran the route based upon what he felt was the best leverage from that corner and really made my job easy," Osweiler said. "I just had to lead him and he caught the ball."

Two plays before, Osweiler and Hopkins connected for a 38-yard gain to the Oakland 4-yard line. On that one, Osweiler led the Pro Bowl receiver up the righ sideline, putting the ball where only Hopkins could toe-tap in for the beautiful catch and big gain.


"The one thing that you were really able to see today was that Hop and I were on the same page," Osweiler said. "We were both on the same page of what he was going to do versus certain coverages and anytime I can get the ball to Hop, I'm going to do it."

The Texans are off until Tuesday, when they'll resume practice in preparation for the Divisional Round of the playoffs.


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