Hopkins, who did not make his first reception of the game until the final play of the third quarter, used his right hand to tip a pass from T.J. Yates to himself over Steelers cornerback Joe Haden.
After struggling with below-average teams this season, the Steelers dominated the Texans. The Texans finish up the season by visiting the Colts in Week 17. Seeing their team not play down to their opponent had to be a welcome Christmas gift for Steelers fans. The drive ended with zero points, and Pittsburgh's less-depressing field position has helped spark a scoring drive Ben Roethlisberger has pushed deep into Houston territory.
Bell finished with 14 carries for 69 yards and Smith-Schuster had six receptions for 75 yards. The only thing that will allow Houston to keep it close is if the Steelers get up big and take their foot off the gas they could let the Texans creep back into it to pull within two touchdowns.
While the touchdown made no difference in terms of the eventual outcome of the game, Hopkins' miraculous catch was just another reminder he is one of the most talented wide receivers in the league.
The Steelers hurried and harassed Yates all day with Mike Hilton leading the way with three sacks and three quarterback hits, Cameron Heyward adding two and forcing a fumble. There does not appear to be another team in the AFC that could go into either Pittsburgh or Foxborough and win.