Deshaun Watson makes Texans history, continues dominance vs. Patriots

Darren Hartwell
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Watson continues dominance vs. Pats with historic game for Texans originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Bill Belichick described Deshaun Watson as a "complete quarterback" earlier this week. The Houston Texans signal-caller lived up to that billing Sunday.

Watson lit up the Patriots to the tune of 28 completions on 37 attempts for 344 passing yards and three total touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in the Texans' 27-20 win over New England.

The two-time Pro Bowler did the majority of his damage in the first half, racking up 241 passing yards and all three of his TDs -- including a bulldozing rush through Patriots safety Devin McCourty -- within the first 30 minutes.

The last Houston quarterback to put up similar first-half numbers? No one.

The Texans entered Sunday with one of the NFL's worst offenses, but Watson helped his team amass a season-high 274 yards in the first half as Houston jumped out to a 21-10 lead.

The 2-7 Texans upsetting the Patriots may surprise some, but Watson performing well against New England shouldn't: The QB accounted for four total touchdowns the last time these teams met, a 28-22 Texans win in Week 13 of the 2019 season.

Here's Watson's total stat line in his last two games against the Patriots, both Houston victories:

46 for 62 (74.2 percent), 578 passing yards, seven total TDs (five passing, one rushing, one receiving), 124.6 passer rating

The 25-year-old grew up watching Cam Newton and considers the Patriots QB a mentor, but the mentee clearly had the upper hand Sunday in Houston.