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J.J. Watt's MVP Play

J.J. Watt shakes off hand injury to make another NFL MVP play: The Defensive TD Machine rolls on

J.J. Watt shakes off hand injury to make another crazy NFL MVP play

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J.J. Watt did not let a first half hand injury slow him down in the Houston Texans' national TV showdown with the Indianapolis Colts. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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J.J. Watt's intensity helped the Houston Texans defense try and shake off several coverage breakdowns. Here, Jared Crick makes one of his several plays. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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The Thursday Night Football stage proved to be a perfect showcase for J.J. Watt. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
16 Texans vs. Colts October 2014 first half JJ Wattt on sideline
14 Texans vs. Colts October 2014 first half Colts 44 and Texans 93
18 Texans vs. Colts October 2014 first half sports announcers

When you're as good as J.J. Watt, even the the ball listens to you.

Footballs may be notorious for taking funny bounces. But when it comes to No. 99, they only take Watt bounces. Then again, it helps to be insanely quick for a 6-foot-5, 290-pound man. When the ball squirted loose of a pile that Watt helped cause in the wake of an Andrew Luck fumble, it bounced forward in front of Watt.

Of course it did.

Watt's quick reactions are what allowed him to pop up, scoop the ball off the NRG Stadium grass and return it 45 yards for a touchdown.

The score gave the Texans a chance at completing a monster comeback against the Indianapolis Colts. It also gave J.J. Watt his third touchdown in six games. Remember, he's a defensive player.

This one came on a night when Watt had to leave the game for a series in the first half with what appeared to be a left hand injury. Team doctor Walter Lowe examined Watt's hand on the sidelines before Watt talked himself back into the game.

And then promptly went about bolstering his NFL MVP case with more game-changing theatrics.

The fumble recovery and touchdown return was just part of his night. He also sacked Luck twice. And with the Colts trying to put the game away, Watt swatted down a third down pass to give the Texans a real chance. Down five with the ball with more than two minutes to work.

Of course, Ryan Fitzpatrick immediately fumbled the ball on the Texans' first offensive play after the Watt Swat. The Texans lose 33-28. And everyone still leaves talking about J.J. Watt.