DeAndre Hopkins came up with a 'wow' play to help the Texans beat the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.
With just under four minutes remaining in overtime, and the Houston offense facing a 2nd-and-9 at their own 24-yard line, Hopkins caught a short pass over the middle from Deshaun Watson and eluded one tackler, then spun out of two other would-be tackles before being dragged down at the Dallas 27. A few plays later, Ka'imi Fairbairn knocked a 36-yard field goal through to give the Texans a 19-16 win.
"I knew I had to make a play," Hopkins said. "There were a lot of guys downfield but I wasn't trying to go down easy."
For Watson, the plan on that play was fairly simple.
"That was a situation where we needed to make a play and I threw it up for him to make a play and he did what he had to do," Watson said. "He did a great job of getting us down there into field goal range and making sure that he protected the ball and he did what he did.”
That 49-yarder was the exclamation point on another highly-productive night for the All-Pro receiver. He caught nine passes for 151 yards, and also drew a pass interference penalty for 27 yards. His overtime spin-cycle performance was eye-popping, but not unexpected, according to cornerback Johnathan Joseph.
"Just a guy competing," Joseph said. "His will versus their will. Trying to make a play, and that’s what he did. He’s been that way since he’s been here."
Cowboys safety Jeff Heath acknowledged that it was a great play made by an extremely talented pass-catcher.
"That’s one of the things that makes this sport so great: Hopkins is one of the best players in the league, (Deshaun Watson) is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and they just got one on us right there,” Heath said.
Earlier in the night, Hopkins lost a fumble when it was stripped away by Anthony Brown. He told his head coach, though, that he'd atone for the miscue.
"He came right up to me and said ‘I’ll make up for that,’" Bill O'Brien said. "And I would say he did."
Hopkins and the Texans will practice on Wednesday in preparation for their Sunday matchup with the Bills at NRG Stadium.
The Houston Texans defeated the Dallas Cowboys in front of a record-breaking home crowd of 72,008.