The Texans’ day started with lots of them kneeling for the nationwide anthem in Seattle in protest of proprietor Robert McNair’s feedback likening NFL gamers to “inmates operating the jail.” It ended with a forty one-38 loss to the Seahawks on a Richard Sherman interception following Russell Wilson’s landing cross to Jimmy Graham with 21 seconds to go.
The three hours in between, although, have been a Deshaun Watson spotlight movie in contrast to any ever recorded by a rookie quarterback.
Watson shredded the Legion of Growth protection for 402 yards and 4 touchdowns, together with fifty nine- and 20-yarders to Will Fuller V and a fast out to DeAndre Hopkins that was a seventy one-yard, go-forward rating within the fourth quarter. Watson additionally ran for sixty seven yards, turning into the primary in NFL historical past with at the very least four hundred yards passing, 4 TDs and 50 yards dashing. He set different data, as properly:
- He turned the primary rookie to throw a minimum of three TD passes in 4 consecutive video games.
- His sixteen TD passes prior to now 4 video games are probably the most by any rookie in any 4-recreation span.
- His 19 TD passes are probably the most by a rookie within the first seven video games of a season and broke Kurt Warner’s mark of 18 within the first seven video games of a profession.
“He performed a unbelievable recreation,” Sherman stated. “To be a rookie and are available right here, underneath all of the circumstances, man you’ve acquired to offer him all of the credit score on the planet. He’s going to be an incredible participant on this league.”
“Deshaun Watson is particular,” echoed Wilson, who threw for an different-worldly 452 yards and 4 scores. “Go forward and provides him rookie of the yr.”
That could be a given — and just the start. Although the Texans are three-four, together with close to-misses at New England and Seattle, they’re the category of the AFC South and must be enjoying in January. Ask Nick Saban what it’s like going up towards Watson in a playoff recreation after forty five-forty Alabama and 35-31 Clemson prior to now two nationwide championship video games.
Wilson is right. We’re watching a particular participant. Right here’s to Deshaun Watson’s continued good well being and to the joys rides forward.
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The Payments’ final journey to the playoffs led to one of many nice disasters … we’d say in current reminiscence, nevertheless it wasn’t so current.
The date was Jan. eight, 2000. The occasion was the 1999 AFC wild-card recreation. The end result eternally shall be often known as the Music Metropolis Miracle. The Payments had simply taken a sixteen-15 lead on a area objective by Steve Christie with sixteen seconds to go however needed to cowl the following kickoff with an…