If you missed the fourth quarter of the Houston Texans’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Christmas Day, you are probably not alone. But if you did miss it, you also missed “The Christmas Catch” by DeAndre Hopkins.
The catch came late in a blowout game in which the Steelers already had a huge lead, 26-0. Quarterback TJ Yates lobbed a pass towards the corner of the end zone where Hopkins tipped the ball with one hand, caught the ball with his other hand, and then somehow got both feet inbounds despite landing on and tumbling over the defender before landing out of bounds.
NBC’s Mike Tirico called it “the touchdown catch of the year.”
Hopkins clearly controlled the ball. But it was not clear at first if he got both feet in bounds before landing out of bounds. Then NBC showed the third replay angle and sure enough, the toes on both feet were in the end zone.
Unfortunately for the Texans, the Steelers went on to win, 34-6.