Monday wasn’t a merry Christmas Day overall for the Houston Texans, who were thumped 34-6 by the Pittsburgh Steelers and fell to 4-11 on the year in the process. But they did come away with one very special present, an incredible touchdown catch from wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins that stacks up as one of the best of the year.
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It’s remarkable how Hopkins is able to pull this in while fighting with defender Joe Haden, and how he’s able to tip it from his one hand to his other hand and then get both his feet down. That’s definitely one of the most impressive touchdown catches we’ve seen this year. And it’s yet another entry in Hopkins’ remarkable season. He had 92 catches for 1313 yards and 12 touchdowns entering this game, and made four grabs for 65 yards and a touchdown in this one. He’s definitely proving to be worth the pre-season contract he signed with the most overall money and guaranteed money for a wide reciever.
Of course, this came in the fourth quarter with the Texans losing 27-0, and it wasn’t anywhere near enough to pull them back into this game. But that really wasn’t about Hopkins; the bigger issue came at quarterback, where T.J. Yates only completed seven of 16 passes for 83 yards with a touchdown and an interception and Taylor Heinicke completing his only pass for 10 yards. That can even be seen on this pass, which is far from a perfect throw from Yates; Hopkins only caught it thanks to this superhuman effort. So there’s still a lot of work to do for Houston, and a lot of improvement to be had. But at least Hopkins gave the Texans one highlight to be proud of on the day.