In a season with a nine-game win streak, back-to-back overtime victories and 11 games decided by just one score, the Houston Texans had their share of heart-stopping plays and big moments last season. The NFL highlighted the Top 100 Plays of 2018. Check out these five sensational Texans plays that made the list:
82. Justin Reid’s coast-to-coast pick-six
In Week 11 at Washington, rookie Justin Reid picked off Alex Smith in the endzone and returned the interception 101 yards for a touchdown. His play tied the second-longest interception return by a rookie in NFL history, tying only Pete Barnum’s 103-yard pick in 1926.
65. DeAndre Hopkins' one-handed grab vs. Jalen Ramsey
DeAndre Hopkins makes one-handed catches look as routine as a dental cleaning, but his catch against All-Pro Jalen Ramsey made the list. In Week 7 at Jacksonville, Hopkins used his left hand to haul in a pass for a 31-yard gain in the first quarter.
40. Watson’s touchdown pass to Vyncint Smith
Undrafted rookie Vyncint Smith made a name for himself when he scored his first-career touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith maintained possession and stayed in bounds as he made the 35-yard catch in the back of the endzone. It was just the second reception of Smith’s NFL career, but the touchdown gave Houston a 30-29 lead with 2:04 left in the game.
37. Hopkins’ dramatic fourth-quarter TD vs. the Jets
Another Hopkins highlight made the list, this one a late touchdown for a comeback win on the road. Hopkins pulled in a 14-yard touchdown catch with 2:15 left against the New York Jets. Houston took a 26-22 lead and DeAndre had two of his teammates (Deshaun Watson and Alfred Blue) carry him off the field in what appeared to be a celebratory fashion. Later, he revealed he banged up his ankle earlier on the scoring drive, but stayed in the game.
A play is truly iconic when it earns its own nickname. In Week 5, the stakes were high for the Texans with 3:45 left in overtime against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Hopkins transformed a catch-and-run into the play of he game when his spin moves helped gain a whopping 49 yards to give Houston possession deep in Dallas territory. Four plays later, Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked the game-winning field goal and the Texans emerged with a 19-16 victory.