Justin Reid won a 100-yard sprint in the Texans Week 11 game at Washington that started in one endzone and ended in six points for Houston.
"As soon as I felt like I was in leverage, I looked back to see if the quarterback threw the ball and the ball was already in the air and it was just floating up there for me," Reid said. "I came down with it and at that point I just saw daylight. I got tackled two times before and this was actually the first pick six of my life. So I saw the daylight and I had to hit it. I wasn’t going to let anyone stop me.”
The rookie safety intercepted Alex Smith’s pass, intended for tight end Jordan Reed, in the endzone. Reid then showed off his speed, running the length of FedExField for a 101-yard touchdown. The Texans took a 17-7 lead with 2:38 left in the second quarter with the score.
"Justin Reid is a guy that’s gotten better and better," head coach Bill O’Brien said. "He’s a mature rookie. He’s a good player, got size, speed, instincts. That was a huge play in the game.”
Reid's teammates joined in a group picture after the big play, but his teammates joked about him finding a new touchdown celebration, one that did not involve a wrestling pose.
“I was truly impressed with his running skills," Tyrann Mathieu said. "He did get docked for his celebration. I did not approve that. We didn’t even talk about it. We’ll discuss that. We’ll fix that, get him a little bit of swagger, but he’s playing great. He’s playing lights out. Definitely should be in the Rookie-of-the-Year conversation."
Reid now has three interceptions this season and tied for the third-most by a rookie in franchise history. Reid currently has the most interceptions by a rookie safety in Texans history. Following the 23-21 win in Washington, Houston improves to 7-3 after winning seven consecutive games for the first time since the 2011 season. They return to NRG Stadium in Week 12 to face the Tennessee Titans on Monday night.
Prepped and ready to go. The Texans are minutes away from taking on Washington at FedEx Field.