He beat him Sunday evening by now not easiest throwing touchdown passes, however by catching one, too.
“I suggested them I’m an athlete … the more you’ll also attain, the longer you play in this league,” he acknowledged. “So I’m able to attain all of it.”
Watson threw three touchdown passes and had the most most well-known TD reception of his occupation, and the Houston Texans frustrated Brady in a 28-22 victory over the Contemporary England Patriots.
Texans coach and outdated Patriots assistant Bill O’Brien obtained his first decide in six tries against Contemporary England coach Bill Belichick. It used to be Houston’s 2nd decide over the Patriots and first since Jan. 3, 2010.
Watson had 234 yards passing and threw touchdown passes of 14, 13, and 35 yards as Houston (8-4) constructed a 21-3 lead against Contemporary England’s vaunted protection.
“That is handsome astronomical correct since it’s Brady,” Watson acknowledged. “I was 0-2 against him and who is aware of when he’s going to cling it up. That’s my role mannequin, a guy that’s been doing it forever, over 20 years … so it’s handsome superior to within the raze accumulate one.”
Brady done two of his three TD passes within the last 4 minutes to pull within six. A Patriots (10-2) participant obtained a hand on Jake Bailey’s onside kick try with 50 seconds remaining, however the ball bounced out of bounds.
“There’s truly now not loads of to divulge right here,” Belichick acknowledged. “The Texans did an exact job tonight, across the board, in every quandary. They were correct higher than we were.”
James White had a 12-yard reception for Contemporary England’s first touchdown gradual within the third quarter, however Watson grabbed the most most well-known reception of his occupation on a flip from DeAndre Hopkins on a trick play with about 10 minutes left to map it 28-9. Watson took the snap and handed off to Duke Johnson, and he gave the ball to Hopkins on a reverse to the categorical. Hopkins tossed to Watson on an possibility near the sideline, and Watson dived into the tip zone for a 6-yard safe.
The Patriots entered wanting a decide to be the most most well-known AFC crew to clinch a playoff location after Oakland’s loss to Kansas City earlier within the day. As a replace, they struggled to retain drives, and Brady on the complete regarded upset on a evening he used to be 24 of 47. He threw an interception and used to be sacked three instances, hit on 12 other occasions and used to be considered yelling at his receivers on the sideline after a force with several incompletions within the most most well-known half of. He accomplished with 326 yards.
“Execution,” Brady acknowledged. “Supreme obtained to attain an even bigger job, and it’s refined to construct up within the again of and near again. Supreme keep ourselves in a handsome deep hole and also you’ll also’t attain that on the toll road.”
Contemporary England handled a flu worm this week that swept during the locker room and left two gamers slothful Sunday.
Brady connected with White again with about four minutes left, however the 2-level conversion did now not switch away Contemporary England down 28-15. The Patriots attempted an onside kick after that and Houston recovered however couldn’t switch the ball and had to punt.
Brady threw a 20-yard scramble to Julian Edelman that lower the lead to six with 50 seconds left. Nonetheless the Patriots couldn’t accumulate smartly a 2nd onside kick and Houston ran out the clock.
There were about seven minutes left within the third quarter when the Patriots went for it on fourth-and-1 and Johnathan Joseph broke up a scramble supposed for Mohamed Sanu.
On the next force, Houston had a touchdown reception by Will Fuller known as again after a overview. It did now not topic considerable because the Texans obtained a 35-yard TD on a almost identical route by Kenny Stills on the next play to push the lead to 21-3.
Contemporary England used to be in a location to retain a force for the most most well-known time since its opening possession when White grabbed his 12-yard TD from Brady gradual within the third. Kai Forbath overlooked the extra existing scramble away the Patriots down 21-9. Forbath used to be signed on Friday to replace Reduce Folks, who used to be released after having an emergency appendectomy.
The Patriots led 3-0 after a arena map on their first force. The Texans had to punt on their first possession however obtained the ball again three performs later when Bradley Roby jumped a route and intercepted Brady. Roby, who moreover had a sack, returned after lacking the relaxation five video games with a hamstring damage.
Houston cashed in on the miscue when Watson connected with Johnson on a 14-yard TD scramble to map it 7-3 gradual within the most most well-known quarter. It is far Watson’s fifth game this season with now not now not as a lot as three touchdown passes, which is tied for many within the NFL.
The Texans padded the lead after they capped a 13-play, 88-yard force with a 13-yard touchdown reception by Darren Fells.
The Associated Press contributed to this notify.