For many years, the Houston Texans have had a problem at receiver. Not with Andre Johnson, a future Hall of Famer. But with the fact that they've never had anyone on the other side who scared the opposing defense.
Those days are over. Welcome, DeAndre Hopkins.
Hopkins, a rookie first-round pick from Clemson, made two of the finer catches in Sunday's early games, and the two highlights both came in overtime to give the Texans a comeback 30-24 victory over Tennessee.
Like last week, when the Texans trailed San Diego 28-7, Houston looked to be in a lot of trouble when it trailed 24-16 late in the fourth quarter. But once again, the Texans pulled off a win.
Texans kicker Randy Bullock did his best to give it away. He missed all three of his field-goal attempts. After the Texans tied the game in the fourth quarter, Bullock had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but he clanged one off the upright. Hopkins made sure Bullock wouldn't be the goat.
His first catch in overtime was magnificent. On third down and 10, he went over Titans cornerback Jason McCourty to haul in a 25-yard catch down to the 1-yard line. Then he finished the game with another catch over the top of McCourty, and deftly got both feet in bounds for the game-winning touchdown.
Hopkins finished with seven catches for 117 yards and the game-winning score. Johnson, who helped set up the game-tying score with a great catch down the sideline (and hurt himself on the landing), doesn't need to worry anymore about being the only weapon in the Texans' wide receiving corps.