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Deshaun Wat­son’s 4 TDs lift Tex­ans to 41-25 win over Lions

- By LARRY LAGE Sports · College Sports · American Football · NFL Football · Deshaun Watson · Houston Texans · Detroit Lions · Detroit · Lions · NFL · Matthew Stafford · J. J. Watt · Jonathan Williams · Adrian Peterson

DETROIT » Deshaun Wat­son had a pair of go-ahead touch­down passes in the first half and threw for two more scores in the fourth quar­ter to help the Hous­ton Tex­ans pull away and beat the Detroit Lions 41-25 Thurs­day.

Tex­ans star de­fen­sive end J. J. Watt had an early pick- 6 and Will Fuller had six re­cep­tions for 171 yards and two touch­downs for the Tex­ans (4-7), who have won two straight for the first time this season and three of their past four games with in­terim coach Romeo Cren­nel.

Detroit (4-7), which en­tered the game com­ing off a 20- 0 loss at Carolina, might end the season with in­terim lead­ers af­ter los­ing con­sec­u­tive games for the third time this season, drop­ping coach Matt Pa­tri­cia’s record to 13-29-1 and gen­eral man­ager Bob Quinn’s mark to 12 games un­der .500 over five sea­sons.

The Lions re­tained Pa­tri­cia and Quinn for this season and own­er­ship said there was an ex­pec­ta­tion they con­tend for the play­offs by play­ing in mean­ing­ful games in De­cem­ber. And, that seems highly un­likely.

Detroit scored first be­fore col­laps­ing with turnovers on two straight snaps and three con­sec­u­tive pos­ses­sions in the first half against a de­fense that en­tered the game with an NFL-low five forced turnovers.

Watt put his hands up on a rush just in time to pick off Matthew Stafford’s pass and re­turned it 19 yards for a touch­down in the first quar­ter. On Detroit’s next snap, Jonathan Wil­liams fum­bled and Hous­ton took ad­van­tage with Wat­son’ s 2- yard touch­down pass to C. J. Pro­sise togo ahead 13-6.

Wat­son’s 33-yard touch­down pass to Duke John­son gave the Tex­ans a 20-14 lead early in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Wat­son hit Fuller in stride for a 40-yard touch­down pass early in the fourth, putting Hous­ton ahead 34-17. Wat­son con­nected with Fuller, whowas wide open, with a 34yard touch­down on a trick play af­ter hand­ing the ball off and get­ting it back on a lat-

eral.

The dy­namic quar­ter­back fin­ished 17 of 25 for 318 yards with four touch­downs and no in­ter­cep­tions. He has thrown 15 touch­down passes with­out

get­ting picked off once in the past six games.

Stafford was 28 of 42 for 295 yards with a 14-yard touch­down pass to Mo­hamed Sanu in the fourth and an in­ter­cep­tion that Watt re­turned for a score. Adrian Peter­son had a pair of 1-yard touch­down runs in the first half for the Lions.

 ??  ?? Hous­ton Tex­ans quar­ter­back Deshaun Wat­son throws dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game against the Detroit Lions, Thurs­day, Nov. 26, 2020, in Detroit.
Hous­ton Tex­ans quar­ter­back Deshaun Wat­son throws dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game against the Detroit Lions, Thurs­day, Nov. 26, 2020, in Detroit.

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