The final Texans touchdown in Sunday night's 28-22 win over New England was truly a collaborative effort.
In the boxscore, it'll go down as a 6-yard scoring pass from DeAndre Hopkins to Deshaun Watson.
But really, that duo, along with head coach Bill O'Brien, offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, backup quarterback AJ McCarron, a host of other Texans, and the Chicago Bears deserve some credit for the score.
"I think they drew that one up in the dirt over the bye week, and they brought it in and had it on a piece of notebook paper and handed it to me," O'Brien joked afterwards. "Nah, we've been working on that for awhile. It was all about the timing. Where we could get the ball so we could run a play like that. And the timing was right."
Leading the Patriots 21-9, early in final quarter, the Texans faced a 1st-and-goal at the New England 6-yard line. Watson took the snap, handed off to running back Duke Johnson, who quickly handed it to Hopkins. The All-Pro receiver went right along the line of scrimmage and then flipped it forward to Watson. The signal-caller caught it, dove and stretched for the score, and after the Ka'imi Fairbairn extra point, led 28-9 with 9:58 left in the game.
It was the first completed pass in three attempts for Hopkins' career, and he said a play that was run with ease in practice over the last month was made a lot tougher by the Patriots defense.
"They played it very well," Hopkins said. "They were patient. So I knew I had to kind of tuck the ball and wait for them to commit to throw it to Deshaun. I knew once I threw it to him, he was going to be in."
Watson said he and McCarron saw the Bears run a similar type of play a month or so ago, and showed it to Kelly. They also let Hopkins know about it, and he was all for trying it, too. Ultimately, the Texans knew they'd be able to use it only in a certain situation. That situation came to be on Sunday evening inside NRG Stadium.
"We kept working on it and we knew it was the perfect time where once we get inside that 5 it was going to come," Watson said. "So it was good."
It was the first NFL reception for Watson, and he joined Arian Foster as the only players in franchise history to throw, catch and run for a touchdown. He and Chicago Bear quarterback Jim McMahon (Week 4, 1985) are the only players in NFL history to throw three touchdowns and also catch a score in a game.
That score capped a drive that went 75 yards on nine plays and burned 5:18 off the clock.
Houston Texans take on the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium for the twelfth game of the 2019 NFL season.