Deshaun Watson has a knack for making memorable plays. Or, "big boy" plays, as tight end Jordan Akins would say.
In Sunday's 27-20 triumph over the Patriots at NRG Stadium, Watson bulled his way into the end zone for a punishing touchdown run.
In the 27-20 triumph at NRG Stadium, the Texans quarterback completed 28-of-37 passes for 344 yards, with a pair of touchdowns and zero interceptions. Watson found three different receivers for 80 yards or more on the day, and in all, he spread to ball around to nine different pass-catchers.
The Pro Bowler also ran six times for 36 yards, and one of his carries was a touchdown. It gave the Texans a lead they wouldn't relinquish, and it ignited the home crowd and his teammates.
With the Texans trailing 10-7 in the second quarter, facing a 1st-and-Goal at the Patriots' 4-yard line, Watson went up the middle and bulled his way into the end zone. It capped an 8-play, 75-yard drive that lasted 4:38. Ka'imi Fairbairn's extra point try put Houston up, 14-10 with 3:54 remaining before the half.
"It was a hell of a play," defensive end J.J. Watt said." Not many quarterbacks are going to put their shoulder down and try to run over somebody. It's always a big play for your team when your quarterback does that and shows what he's all about."
Akins, who caught five passes for a career-best 83 yards, pointed out how deceptively strong his quarterback is.
"That was a big boy play," Akins said. "That's something I try to do. It was amazing, man. He's stronger than what he looks, I'll tell you that."
Watson was nonchalant about the run when he described it in the postgame press conference, saying he "was just trying to make something happen". It had a big effect on the scoreboard, and an even bigger effect on his teammates.
"I just kind of took both of those guys into the end zone. It just gave the offense energy, and the whole team energy," Watson said. "They saw that and it kind of continued through the rest of the game."
Receiver Brandin Cooks, who caught four passes for a Texans-best 85 yards in the win, also acknowledged how energizing the Watson touchdown run was.
"He's built different," Cooks said. "To be able to do that as a quarterback, to give that energy to your offense the way that he did, and the energy to the team, that's what you expect from a guy like him."
Watson was happy with the victory, but said he and the Texans will relish it very briefly. Preparations begin Monday for their Thanksgiving Day contest at Detroit this Thursday.