Deshaun Watson returned to the field on Sunday after missing three of the last four games with a rotator cuff strain. The Cleveland Browns quarterback caught a big break on his first touchdown pass since Week 3.
With his Browns leading the Arizona Cardinals 3-0 in the second quarter, Watson looked to Amari Cooper on second-and-9 from the Arizona 11-yard line. Instead, he found the helmet of Cardinals defensive tackle Dante Stills.
Stills was engaged with Browns right guard Wyatt Teller while rushing Watson. When Watson threw the ball, Stills jumped and raised his right hand in an attempt to deflect the ball. He succeeded, but with his helmet. The ball ricocheted off the front of his helmet and popped up high in the air toward the end zone.
Cooper kept his focus and trained his sights on the errant ball. He then leaped past the outstretched arms of Cardinals cornerback Antonio Hamilton to make the grab.
Touchdown, Browns for a 10-0 lead.
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Stills, who made a good play on the ball, couldn't believe his misfortune. He raised his hands to his head in disbelief as the Browns' home crowd celebrated the score.
In football and in life, it's always better to be lucky than good.