Video: Texans’ Deshaun Watson finds DeAndre Hopkins for a 45-yard touchdown
The Houston Texans are moving closer and closer to wrapping up a playoff berth, and the New York Jets are one of the last obstacles that they face in achieving that goal.
Things were looking pretty good on this drive midway through the second quarter, as Deshaun Watson threw a bomb from midfield to find DeAndre Hopkins in the back of the end zone for the touchdown.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 15, 2018
It represented the 10th touchdown catch of the year for Hopkins, who continues to stamp his name among the most lethal wide receivers in the NFL.
For Watson, it was just the latest impressive throw in a sophomore campaign full of them.
Entering Saturday’s action, Hopkins had hauled in 84 receptions for 1,151 yards. This comes on the heels of a spectacular 2017 campaign in which Hopkins led the league in touchdown grabs with 13 and also finished with 96 catches and 1,378 yards. He was elected to the Pro Bowl and was named a First-Team All-Pro for his efforts.
Watson has now thrown 23 touchdown passes this year and came into the game with 3,298 yards and a completion percentage of 66.9 percent. He has tossed up nine interceptions on the season.
It has been a terrific bounceback campaign for Watson, who tore his ACL midway through his rookie season last year. The 23-year-old was on pace for an outstanding rookie year, throwing for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns in seven games before suffering the injury.
The Texans can clinch the AFC South division title with a win and losses by the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans.