The Texans defensive end had three deflected passes in nine games this season heading into Sunday. He had a career-best four against Cam Newton.
One of those came on third-and-four from the Houston 24 with 1:20 remaining and the Patriots trying to tie the game. It denied Newton a chance for a completion to N'Keal Harry.
“He’s J.J. Watt,” Newton said, with a chuckle.