The last time the Houston Texans played at Cleveland, J.J. Watt was emerging as a touchdown magnet in goal-line situations.
On that cold, snowy day on November 16, 2014, Watt caught Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett's first-career touchdown pass in the first quarter. It was Houston's second offensive drive, Watt entered the game and caught a two-yard score to give the Texans an early 7-0 lead over the Browns.
"It was a good throw," Watt said. "Mallett put the ball in the only place that I could catch it. It was either going to be I caught it or it went out of bounds. I remember catching the ball and dropping a knee down to try to get it in bounds. Obviously looking up at the ref and waiting for him to signal a touchdown, it was great."
That score was Watt's fourth touchdown of the 2014 season and already his second on offense. With the touchdown catch at Cleveland, Watt became the first defensive lineman since 1948 to have four touchdowns in a season.
This week, the All-Pro fondly recalled his teammates gathering around to help him celebrate.
"It was awesome," Watt said. "For the team to put that much trust in me to put me out there on offense and to throw up a fade ball like that and to give me the confidence to make the play and then for me to be able to provide that play for the team, that boost of energy and to see how happy everybody got for me, it was a very cool experience. It was a lot of fun. It was a great time. It was cool. You don't get that too many times as a defensive lineman."
Against the Browns, Watt also had a sack on Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Six years later, Watt mostly thinks about his debut on special teams as he was diving to block a pair of punts on two separate attempts.
"The thing I remember most about that game was my two roughing the punter penalties," Watt said. "I knew that I had to do something big in that game to help sway the game in our favor because I took two fourth-down stops away from our team. I thought for sure I was going to block each of those punts. I had to be like an inch away. So, the strip-sack and the touchdown were kind of my way to pay back the team for my two roughing the punter penalties."
Watt, a strong candidate for the league's 2014 MVP, went on to score 32 points that year with five touchdowns (three receiving, one interception return and one fumble return) and a safety. Named the AP Defensive Player for the second time in his career, Watt also tied his career high in sacks with 20.5 in his 2014 campaign.
Watt and the Texans return to FirstEnergy Stadium to face the 5-3 Browns on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 12 noon CT on FOX and SportsRadio 610.
Check out some photos from the last time the Texans played the Cleveland Browns.