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Hopkins' Overtime Catch, Run Impresses Teammates

Teammates react to DeAndre Hopkins' 49-yard play

October 08, 2018 - 1:06 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- If you missed the play DeAndre Hopkins made in overtime to setup the Texans 19-16 overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night at NRG Stadium, let Texans safety Justin Reid recap it for you.

"Two spin moves!" he recalled. "You saw the first spin move, and you see him comeback with another spin move, takin' it down!"

With under four minutes to play in overtime on second and nine, Hopkins caught a lobbed throw from Deshaun Watson at the Cowboys 36 yard line. That would've been enough for the first down, but instead ran past Cowboys corner back Anthony Brown, spun past safety Xavier Rhodes, and then for good measure made defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence miss. Rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch finally brought Hopkins down, but he did so after the Texans receiver had already gained 49 yards. Three plays and nine yards later, Ka'imi Fairbairn knocked home a 36-yard field goal to end the game and improve the Texans to 2-3 on the season. 

"That Hop catch at the end of the game was one of the best plays I've ever seen." Fairbairn said. 

The catch that setup the Texans second straight overtime win was Hopkins' ninth of the night and he finished with 151 yards. Hopkins has caught 39 passes in five games this season, with 19 coming over the last two weeks for 320 yards.

"I expect that out of him," Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said. "You pay a man $81 million, I expect him to make those plays. I'm happy to see that. He do that week in and week out practice just like that. I expect that out of Hop. Put us in the right position to win games, that what he do."

While those watching might've been blown away by what Hopkins did Sunday his teammates are used to it at this point, including Kareem Jackson, one of a handful of players that shared a locker room with him his entire NFL career.

"I've seen him do that for years now," Jackson said. "It is impressive, but I know the type of player that he is. Just kind of seeing him go out there and make those plays repeatedly, he's consistent with it. He's a big time receiver in this league, arguably one of the best, so week in and week out he continues to come out, he's very consistent in what he does. I mean, that's Hop."