DeAndre Hopkins catches two touchdowns as Texans earn 20-17 win over Colts


DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns and Will Fuller added 140 yards on seven grabs as the Houston Texans held off the Indianapolis Colts for a 20-17 victory in a key AFC South matchup on Thursday night.

Brennan Scarlett stopped Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett a yard shy of a first down on fourth-and-7 with three minutes left to play to end Indianapolis’ final offensive possession. After burning a timeout before the fourth down try, the Colts didn’t have enough time to ultimately get another crack on offense.

Darius Leonard forced a fumble of Deshaun Watson that was ruled to be recovered by Houston. The play was not reviewed as the league office said there was no visuals of a clear recovery by the Colts on the play. The Texans were able to run out the clock from there.

Watson completed 19 of 30 passes for 298 yards with the two touchdowns to Hopkins and an interception as the Texans move into solo first place in the division with the victory.

Jonathan Williams rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries for the Colts in place of an injured Marlon Mack to carry the load for Indianapolis. Brissett was held to just 129 yards passing as the Colts passing attack was rather ineffective. A hobbled T.Y. Hilton managed just three catches for 18 yards and Eric Ebron led the team with four receptions for 44 yards.

With the Texans holding an early 3-0 lead, Watson was intercepted by Colts cornerback Kenny Moore to set up an Indianapolis touchdown. Brissett would score on a 5-yard run to cap a seven-play, 42-yard drive to grab a 7-3 advantage.

Houston would immediately respond as Hopkins got free and clear for a wide open 35-yard touchdown to re-take the lead with 1:53 left in the first half. Adam Vinatieri would add a 36-yard field goal to even the game at 10-10 at halftime.

The Colts would go back on top on their first possession of the third quarter. Williams broke a pair of tackles for a 13-yard touchdown run to take a 13-10 lead. Fairbairn converted a 36-yard field goal to answer the touchdown drive by Indianapolis. Hopkins then added his second touchdown of the night on a 30-yard strike from Watson to grab a 20-17 lead.

Indianapolis would pick up a pair of first downs on their final drive of the game but stalled out near midfield. Nyheim Hines was held to no gain and three yards on two carries and an incomplete pass from Brissett set up the final fourth-and-7 that wasn’t successful.

34 responses to “DeAndre Hopkins catches two touchdowns as Texans earn 20-17 win over Colts

  1. Why was the fumble never reviewed? It was past the two minute warning. This was an absolute disgrace.

  2. I love watching Deshaun Watson and Deandre Hopkins! Great overall game and thoroughly enjoyed the presentation from the NFL tonight! Looking forward to the playoff chase for the rest of the weeks!

  3. Even Mike Pereira said it should be reviewed. That was a fumble and it definitely looked like clear recovery from the replay. I guess when the NFL said they want to get it right what they meant was they want to get it right for certain teams like the Packers.

  4. There was no clear recovery. Watson had both hands on the ball and the defender had 1 whole signaling with the other.

  5. And the play was reviewed during the timeout and it was deemed a fumble recovered by the offense. Just as I said 🙂

  6. Even if it were a fumble, there was no clear recovery and tie goes to the runner /receiver. Would not have been overruled. People whine about replay, then whine there’s no replay. I don’t like either team, but seems like some people have sour grapes syndrome.

  7. I agree that it wouldnt have mattered. With the plays being exclusively running at 4 yd/play they didnt have enough time to score anyway. Reich needs to get a new watch and LOOK at it occasionally. I think they only passed on 1st down twice. Cant imagine why the 1st & 2nd down runs werent producing at the end of the game. No imagination. Playing for next year.

  8. Yeah I can’t see why they wouldn’t review. Neither of these teams are going anywhere so it does not really matter. But sucks for the integrity (if there is any) and consistency of calls.

  9. That 4th & 7 decision was puzzling. Indy could have punted it deep into Houston territory and had about 2:50 to go with all 3 timeouts. Instead they turned over the ball at midfield with 2 timeouts.

    At least it was an exciting play. Brissett and Watson were fun to watch. Good division rivalry.

  10. @rabbi187 says:
    November 21, 2019 at 11:56 pm
    There was no clear recovery. Watson had both hands on the ball and the defender had 1 whole signaling with the other.
    what replay were you watching? that was clearly a fumble and Leonard had the ball.

  11. I’m not sure what replay you were was clearly a fumble, but the defender did not clearly recover the ball. It was ruled a fumble by the ref recovered by the offense. Replay in NY reviewed it also and didn’t disagree. So quit whining because it didn’t turn out the way you think it should have.

  12. But Texans fans crying about a Pi call in a game they wouldn’t win. This was a clear fumble that could still make the colts tie the game.

  13. carloswlassiter says:
    November 22, 2019 at 8:14 am
    Gimme a break – they both clearly had their hands on the ball – how does that equal Leonard recovered it?
    You are correct! Watson fumbles, grabs it with two hands, Leonard had one hand on it. No clear take away by the Colts!

    If not for BS calls by refs all year the Colts would be 3-8.

  14. Why did the Colts “D” let Hopkins run right down the middle of the field and stand in the end-zone? There wasn’t a defender within 20 yards of him when he caught that pass!

  15. They didn’t review the fumble, because it was clear that Watson had regained the ball in the pile from the Colts. Leonard had his hands on it, but so did Watson and when the pile was cleared, Watson had more of it than Leonard. There wasn’t anything on the replay/camera angles that would’ve been clear and concise to suggest otherwise. Most of the shots were of Leonard’s back and Watson had his hands wrapped around the ball as well. Damn there are a lot of haters on here. These two teams were evenly matched. Texans secondary was banged up and without Watt they don’t have a significant pass rush either. Hilton was recovering and limited. Sounds pretty damn even to me. Colts tried to ram it up the middle every time, eventually they couldn’t do it any longer. The Colts had plenty of opportunities to run away with that game. They didn’t.

  16. So how did they “earn” the win if the late fumble should have triggered a formal review?

  17. Indybear says:
    November 22, 2019 at 6:52 am
    After the Dolts coach said their defense “is legit” on Monday, I put my money on the Texans. Dolts are soft. Charmin soft.


    And you lost. Spread was 3.5

  18. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    November 22, 2019 at 7:34 am
    Funny the Patriots homers told me Brissett was the GOAT and all he does is win….

    The Colts also told McDaniels that Luck was fine. Turns out you can’t trust anybody.

  19. McDaniels obviously knew that Luck was damaged goods, and he obviously made the right decision. In the meantime, reich got a HC job and is in a market where just mrely being competitive gets you all kinds of accolades and banners.

  20. A bears fan commenting on here? Is this clown serious? The only person soft here is your garbage QB trubisky. You know all about soft

  21. After rewatching, they both had hands on the ball and simultaneous possession goes to the offense. So it was the correct call.

    NFL Rule 3-2-7
    If a Loose Ball is controlled simultaneously by two opponents, and both players retain it, it is simultaneous possession, and the ball belongs to the team last in possession

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