Houston Texans receiver Deandre Hopkins displayed a huge performance despite an injury to lead his team to a 29-22 win over the New York Jets on Saturday. Hopkins made two touchdowns for 170 yards and 10 catches in the game.
Early in the game, Hopkins made a 14-yard touchdown and was helped off the field by teammates Alfred Blue and Deshaun Watson.
“I rolled my ankle on a slant at the beginning of that drive, so it was hard to run out there,” – he said. “The guys knew it. I stayed down for a minute, and they came over and took me off.”
Hopkins returned to the field after some few minutes and would later score the winning touchdown. The Texans were trailing with three points 2:15 and the Jets looked like they and the win sealed. With Jets in control of the game and aiming to extend their lead, Hopkins made a one-handed grab that determined the game’s outcome.
The touchdown was Hopkins’ second in a night he also became the youngest receiver to catch 500 passes. The only player to have reached the mark faster was Larry Fitzgerald, the former Cardinals player. With his great performance this season, the wide receiver is set to equal his record for 13 touchdowns in a season. He currently has 13.