Deshaun Watson got rocked. He was on the turf. But after unleashing his final pass of the night, and paying a price for it, he was still able to check out the shocking result of his throw.
"I saw him catch it," Watson said. "I was on my back, or my side, and I kind of peeked."
Watson saw receiver Kenny Stills haul in a 37-yard touchdown catch that tied the contest at 27-all. 37 seconds remained, and the Ka'imi Fairbairn extra point gave Houston a 28-27 advantage in front of a silenced crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Saints would answer with a 58-yard field goal as time expired, but the Texans quarterback finished his night with three touchdown strikes, as well as a 21-yard scoring scamper. He completed 20-of-30 passes for 268 yards. He was picked off once, and dropped for six sacks, but his heroics weren't lost on anyone in the building, or watching the thriller on Monday Night Football.
"We're never out of the game," head coach Bill O'Brien said of Watson. "We've got a really good quarterback. We just need to clean some things up."
Left tackle Laremy Tunsil joined the Texans nine days ago, and after playing with the third-year signal-caller for a game, he shared his thoughts on Watson.
"He's special," Tunsil said. "Very special."
The Texans came up on the short end at New Orleans, but for a unit that saw several key pieces added in the last week, Watson said the arrow is pointing upward for the offense.
"It's very encouraging," Watson said. "We know what we can do offensively. We've just got to put the pieces together."
Watson and the Texans host the Jaguars at NRG Stadium on Sunday at noon CT.