Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is the toast of the NFL today after his late game heroics got his team a win.
Numerous NFL players, fans, and observers have hit up social media to talk about Hopkins’ play and congratulate him on the win. Among those players tagging Hopkins in their Twitter posts is reigning NFL MVP and Super Bowl Champion Patrick Mahomes. In a Sunday evening tweet, the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback calls Hopkins a “monster” on the football field.
“@DeAndreHopkins is a monster!!!” the NFL All-Pro quarterback says. Mahomes and his Chiefs team eliminated Hopkins and the Houston Texans in last year’s AFC playoffs. Hopkins replies to Mahomes saying he felt the Texans were on the verge of a championship until Mahomes took over.
“Same to you bro!” Hopkins says in the reply tweet. “Thought I had a ring last year till u hit GOD mode.”
NFL Playoffs Match Chiefs and Texans
In the playoff game referenced by Hopkins in the tweet, the Texans took a commanding lead, scoring 21 points in the first quarter. It looked as if the Texans were in route to the AFC championship game until Mahomes turned it up a notch.
The chiefs scored 28 points in the second quarter to take a 28-24 lead into halftime. The star quarterback and his team would continue the onslaught by scoring 23 points in the second half while the Texans offense cooled off. The Chiefs would go on to win the game by a final score of 51-31 and on to the Super Bowl to defeat the San Francisco 49ers. Both Hopkins and Mahomes had standout games in their playoff matchup. Mahomes threw for five touchdowns in the game, while Hopkins caught nine passes for 181 yards.
Hopkins was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason and had hauled in a game winning touchdown Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray heaved a Hail Mary pass to the endzone as time expired. Hopkins came down with the catch despite be covered by three Bills defenders. You can see the unbelievable play here: