Cunningham's One-Handed Pick-Six Keys Texans Win Over Browns

Cunningham's first career interception put Texans up 17-0

December 02, 2018 - 5:55 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Zach Cunningham knew he had the first interception of his NFL career, but he had to sit and wait while referee Walt Coleman told the 71,741 fans inside NRG Stadium something he already knew: He had just scored his first NFL touchdown.

"I definitely felt I got into the end zone," Cunningham said after the Texans 29-13 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday.

Cunningham's one-handed interception of Baker Mayfield was impressive enough, but then the second-year linebacker scampered down the sideline for what was eventually ruled a touchdown, putting the Texans up 16-0. The officials ruled Mayfield pushed him out of bounds before crossing the goal line, but because a turnover occurred, a review was triggered and the original ruling was overturned. 

"It was more of an instinctful play," Cunningham said before pointing out his catch was pretty solid.

"Obviously, I made an amazing catch, a great catch," he said with a chuckle. "It definitely felt pretty good. That's my first pick, first touchdown in the NFL so that felt great for me."

After missing two games with a knee injury, Cunningham has played in the Texans last two wins and he says it means a lot for him to be able to make a contribution.

"It definitely feels great for me just to get back out there and play with the guys and be able to do what I can to help the team."

Like all young players, Cunningham has experienced growing pains in the beginning stages of his career, but Johnathan Joseph has seen 24-year old's progress.

"Zach made some hellacious plays today," he said. "He could've had three interceptions possibly today.

"For him to comeback and insert himself, he missed a little time when I was out for a game, and as soon as he came back he picked up right where he left off."