Watson, Hopkins receive game balls during postgame interview


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The Houston Texans duo of Deshaun Watson and DeAndre "Nuk" Hopkins received the game balls from NBC's Sunday Night Football after the 19-16 overtime victory.

Watson finished going 33-for-44 for 375 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and 40 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Hopkins had an impressive 9 catches for 151 yards.

NBC's Michele Tafoya asked Watson about all the hits he was taking during the game and if he was OK.

"Whatever it takes to win," Watson said. "I'm going to be a warrior out there for my boys, for my teammates, put it all on the line. That's what I do. I just go with the flow."

Watson didn't have a lot of prep work with so many of his receivers out during practice this week.

"I just try to talk to them and try to use my instincts and predict where they (WRs) are going to be and timing and things like that. We watch a lot of film and try to bring the mental game and bring it onto the field."

Hopkins described his huge 42-yard reception in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal for his team.

"I knew they were in man. I knew he (Watson) was coming to me. They went one high on me so I knew I had to get open. Deshaun put the ball perfectly and I had to catch it. I knew I had to get yards after the catch and that was what I had to do."

Hopkins gave his game ball to his mom that was cheering in the end zone stands.


Watson had some quality time with his mother:



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