Danny Amendola saved his best for last.
In the final game of the 2021 regular season, the veteran wide receiver led the Texans in receptions, yards and points scored. Every catch came in the second half.
Unfortunately, the game ended in a 28-25 defeat at NRG Stadium against the Titans, but the 36-year old pass-catcher from The Woodlands was appreciative for the chance.
"I felt good," Amendola said. "Any time you get to get out there and put your cleats on and strap it up, it's a blessing. I'm very grateful to be part of this team, part of this group."
Amendola caught seven passes for 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also reeled in a two-point conversion pass from QB Davis Mills. A 14-year veteran, Amendola helped the Texans climb back to within a three-point margin a pair of times in the fourth quarter.
"I left a couple plays out there, but it came together there at the end," Amendola said. "We were within a score there at the end. The Titans are a great team. Well-coached, obviously. They're going to make a run here in the playoffs. It was great to get out there."
With the Texans trailing 21-7 late in the third quarter, Mills, Amendola and the offense went to work. The rookie signal-caller found Amendola for a 37-yard completion early in the possession and a few plays later, Mills scrambled to his left and found the veteran receiver all by his lonesome in the back of the end zone.
The Texans went for two points, the duo linked up again, as Mills drilled one to Amendola on the right side of the end zone and the Tennessee lead was chopped to three.
The Titans answered with a score of their own, but then Mills found Amendola for completions of 21 and five yards and on the seventh play of the 75-yard drive, hit Amendola again for a 26-yard touchdown up the right side.
Amendola battled injuries this season and also went on the Reserve/COVID-19 list for a stretch but was able to finish the 2021 campaign with one of his best career performances. Head Coach David Culley wasn't surprised at all by what Amendola was able to do.
"He is a flat-out football player," Culley said. "He's been that way his entire career in this league. When he's been healthy for us, he's been very productive. Obviously, today, he came up big for us when we needed him to come up big, but that's what I expect out of Danny."
Amendola finished the season with 24 catches for 248 yards and three scores. He appeared in eight games.