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.
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.
.@deshaunwatson lowers the shoulder and will NOT be denied.
The @HoustonTexans take a 14-10 lead! #WeAreTexans
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— NFL (@NFL) November 22, 2020
The last Houston quarterback to put up similar first-half numbers? No one.
#Texans QB @deshaunwatson became the first player in franchise history to notch at least 225 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in the first half of a game. Watson and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes are the only players in the NFL to do so this season. pic.twitter.com/q1djBP6WnJ
— Texans PR (@TexansPR) November 22, 2020
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 Texans gained 274 yards of total offense in the first half (season-high)...
Deshaun Watson accounted for 271 of those yards (241 pass, 30 rush)
He joins Cam Newton (Wk 2) & Russell Wilson (Wk 7) as the only QBs with 240+ pass yds & 30+ rush yds in a single half this season
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 22, 2020
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.