DeAndre Hopkins pulls in TD, cracks 100-yd mark

For the second straight week, DeAndre Hopkins found the end zone.

It was the only touchdown of the game for either side, and Hopkins was quick to credit his quarterback Brock Osweiler.

"Brock put the ball where only I could catch it," Hopkins said. "I think if he'd have taken one more step, then the safety probably would've got over there. Just practicing that same play with the same coverage, over and over."

The score came one play after J.J. Watt recovered an Alex Smith fumble at the 27-yard line. On 1st-

and-10 from that spot, Osweiler pump-faked to his left and then uncorked one up the right sideline to Hopkins. The Pro Bowler gathered it in at the 4-yard line and dove into the end zone for the touchdown.

"DeAndre did a heck of a job," Osweiler said. "I think he got walled out of bounds. He kept fighting. He kept playing the play. He got back in bounds, made a heck of a catch and scored a touchdown." 

Hopkins finished with seven receptions for 113 yards, and appeared to have another scoring grab at the 4:25 mark of the second quarter. He caught the ball, got a knee down, but it was called incomplete. The Texans challenged the call and the ruling was upheld by the officials.

Hopkins thought he had control.

 

"I'm gonna let the world take a survey on that and see what they think," Hopkins said. "I was pretty upset when it was ruled it wasn't a touchdown."

The fourth-year pro also recorded his 250th career catch on Sunday, but said he's just getting started.

"A lot more to go," Hopkins said. "A lot to improve on. I feel like I could've had more catches. I don't want to look at that and feel like I've made it, because I haven't."

The Chiefs tried an onside kick in the game's final minute, and Hopkins was in the game on the hands team. He caught that kick, and sealed the victory for the Texans.

"He's just so reliable, very valuable," Texans founder, chairman and CEO Bob McNair said. "I told him, I said 'The last catch you made was the most important of all.' Of course that was the one on the onside kick. We really think a lot of him. He's playing well." 

Hopkins and the Texans will quickly turn around and start getting ready on Monday for the Patriots. They'll play New England at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night.

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