DeAndre Hopkins made a signature one-handed catch against the Miami Dolphins that may have been his best ever.
Only it did not count, negated by an offensive pass interference call.
“I replayed it a whole bunch of times to see if I pushed off,” Hopkins said after the game. “I’m an honest judge. It was hand battling. The guy had two hands, he was off balance. So, I think that somebody owes me an apology. I don’t know who it is, but somebody owes me an apology.”
On third-and-eight in the third quarter, Deshaun Watson connected with Hopkins on a 34-yard pass along the left sideline. Hopkins hauled in the pass with his left hand and brought it between his legs to secure it with this right hand.
“I was just trying to catch it,” Hopkins said. “I knew I had it. I knew the guy had my other arm so I couldn’t put my other arm to catch the ball, so I knew I had to pin it up against something or just hold on to it. It was just part of the game. I was going with the motion. I really wasn’t thinking about it while I was catching it.”
“Yeah, that was unbelievable,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “It’s too bad – that’s two catches that he’s made in my five years here that have been incredible catches that have not counted. Isn’t that unbelievable? The one in my first year, our first year here, at New York that didn’t count, which was incredible and then that one. But, he’s such a competitive guy, loves gameday and he does a great job every game.”
In the Texans 42-23 win over the Miami Dolphins, Hopkins caught a team-high six passes for 82 receiving yards (13.7 avg.) and two touchdowns. He scored both touchdowns in the fourth quarter, on a 49-yard pass and then on a two-yard pass.
The Houston Texans defeated the Miami Dolphins at NRG Stadium for Week 8 of the 2018 NFL season.