Sports Hopkins has 2 TDs, Texans beat Colts 20-17 to top AFC South

11:10  22 november  2019
11:10  22 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Topping today's sports news, the Houston Texans won the battle of division foes, beating the Indianapolis Colts 20 - 17 to take the lead in the AFC Photos via Getty Images DeAndre Hopkins pulled in two TDs in the Texans ' win and Brock Nelson netted the game-winner for the Islanders.

Deshaun Watson and Houston had the ball last. With 17 seconds left, Watson ran around the field looking for a receiver. Byard's TD pass was the longest by a defensive player in the Super Bowl era , easily topping the mark Titans: A second straight AFC South opponent with a trip to Jacksonville.

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HOUSTON — Determined to bounce back from an embarrassing loss, the Houston Texans used big performances from Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins and solid defence to beat the Indianapolis Colts and move into first place in the AFC South.

Watson threw two touchdown passes to Hopkins and finished with 298 yards to help the Texans to the 20-17 win Thursday night.

The Texans (7-4), who were routed by Baltimore 41-7 on Sunday, trailed by four early in the fourth quarter when Hopkins got in front of Pierre Desir and stretched out to haul in a 30-yard reception for a 20-17 lead. The Texans got things going on that drive with a 33-yard run by Carlos Hyde.

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The Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts are battling for the AFC South . Heading into their Week 12 matchup, the Colts held the tiebreaker over the Texans despite both teams being 6-4. Deshaun Watson is looking to rebound after playing one of the worst games of his career against the Ravens.

“It was a good team win,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “Guys came in here on Monday to turn the page and were very focused ... this week and it showed up on the field.”

Houston's defence stepped up after the touchdown by Hopkins, forcing a punt on the next drive before stopping the Colts (6-5) on fourth-and-7 with 3 minutes left. Jacoby Brissett threw for 129 yards, and came up a yard shy of a first down on Indy's fourth-down attempt late in the fourth quarter.

“There’s still plenty of football left, and we’re far from out of this thing,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “This was a playoff atmosphere. Obviously, it was a good opportunity for us to take sole possession and have a sweep of Houston, but it didn’t work out that way.”

Hopkins finished with 94 yards receiving and his first TD reception came on a 35-yard grab in the second quarter.

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Earlier in the schedule, the AFC South looked like one of the NFL’s deepest divisions. That might still be true, though none of the four members has exactly As for the Colts , whom they host on Thursday night, few teams are more inconsistent than Indy. Both are 6-4 and because they have not been able

Will Fuller, who returned after sitting out three games with a hamstring injury, had seven catches for 140 yards for the Texans.

“Anytime we have a healthy Will ... he’s been a very productive guy,” O’Brien said. “He’s made chunk plays for us, touchdowns, and he’s a great player. And when we get him as a part of our offence it really helps us and it opens up a lot of different things.”

Watson was able to complete several long throws on Thursday including ones for 51 and 44 yards to Fuller.

“I was able to put enough air on the ball and let our guys make plays and that’s what they get paid to do, that’s what they love do,” Watson said. “Just give them a chance and most likely they’re going to come down with it.”

T.Y. Hilton had topped 100 receiving yards in four of his last six games against the Texans and entered averaging 133.3 receiving yards in seven career games at NRG Stadium. He wasn't a factor, finishing with just 18 yards receiving in his return after missing three games with a calf injury. Reich said Hilton was limited on Thursday and that they wanted to keep him under 30 plays.

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The Colts got to the 17 after that before J.J. Watt deflected Luck’s pass and he was intercepted by Brandon Dunn. But the Texans couldn’t move the ball and had to punt. The gamble didn’t pay off when Watson’s pass to DeAndre Hopkins was low and bounced in front of him in the end zone.

Watt had two tackles for loss but no quarterback hits. The Texans finished with one sack on defense with two quarterback hits. The Titans played without two -time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan, who is recovering from a concussion. Right tackle Jack Conklin has yet to return after tearing a ligament in

There were about 6 minutes left in the third quarter when Jonathan Williams, who helped fill in for injured starter Marlon Mack, wriggled away from three defenders and dashed 13 yards for a touchdown to put the Colts up 17-10.

Fuller had a 51-yard reception on the first play of Houston's next drive, but the Texans couldn't move the ball after that and settled for a 36-yard field goal to cut the lead to four.

The Texans led 3-0 after a field goal early in the second quarter.

There were about 8 minutes left in the second when Kenny Moore tipped a pass from Watson and intercepted it. It was the first time Watson had thrown an interception at home since Oct. 14, 2018, against the Bills, a streak of 303 attempts which was the longest active run in the NFL.

The Colts cashed in on the mistake when Brissett scrambled 5 yards for a touchdown to make it 7-3.

There were 2 minutes left in the first half when Watson avoided the rush and found Hopkins wide open in the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown pass to put Houston back on top 10-7.

“I don’t know where the safeties and the corners were, but they weren’t in position, so I just kind of laid it out there,” Watson said.

Indianapolis added a field goal at the end of the first half to leave it tied at 10l at halftime.


Houston ILB Dylan Cole injured his calf in the second half and didn't return. ... Texans DE Carlos Watkins left in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury.


Hilton on if a lack of practice contributed to his tough night: “Ain’t got nothing to do with nothing. I just played bad. It’s on me.”


Houston linebacker Zach Cunningham had a career-high 16 tackles to lead Houston’s defence. It was the fourth time this season that the third-year player has had at least 10 tackles and he leads the team with 95 tackles.


Colts: Host Tennessee on Dec. 1.

Texans: Host New England on Dec. 1.


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