NFL's DeAndre Hopkins Offers Jersey Prize for Best Meme of His Stunning Catch—Here Are the Funniest

Three days have passed since the Arizona Cardinals' dramatic win over the Buffalo Bills, but DeAndre Hopkins' stunning game-winning catch continues to dominate the conversation in the NFL.

With the Cardinals trailing by four points at home against and 11 seconds on the clock, Arizona had a first-and-10 from the Bills' 43-yard line. With no timeouts left, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray went for a Hail Mary, taking the snap before scrambling to buy time and then heaving the ball upfield as far as he could.

Despite being covered by three Bills defenders, Hopkins somehow caught the pass and managed to hold onto it, giving the Cardinals a 32-30 win.

The catch is the clear front-runner for play of the season so far and it's the kind of moment guaranteed to feature in NFL montages, promotional videos and YouTube compilations for years on end.


— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 16, 2020

Footage of the catch went viral on Sunday, as did a picture of Hopkins somehow securing the ball despite being submerged by three Bills players.

The Cardinals wideout has clearly fully embraced his renewed notoriety, offering to give away a signed jersey to whoever comes up with the best meme based on the picture of his catch.

Best meme gets a signed jersey.

— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) November 17, 2020

It did not take long for Hopkins to be inundated by responses. Tom Brady replied with a gif of a goat, implying Hopkins was one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history. The veteran quarterback's effort clearly pleased Hopkins, who seemingly declared the six-time Super Bowl champion the winner of this particular contest.

...and @TomBrady wins, again 🐐

— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) November 17, 2020

CBS Sports used Hopkins catch as a metaphor for the race to the divisional title in the NFC East, while others opted for non-football-related memes ranging from movies to financial issues to, unsurprisingly, the election results.

When the direct deposit hits

— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) November 17, 2020

— #RingerNFL (@ringernfl) November 17, 2020

— Steven Ruiz (@theStevenRuiz) November 17, 2020

— ThaiThai (@dajewishpope) November 17, 2020

Predictably, some of the replies also poked fun at the Houston Texans for trading Hopkins to the Cardinals in March.

Then-Texans head coach and de facto general manager Bill O'Brien stunned the NFL by shipping Hopkins and a fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick

How to embarass 4 bills

— Meer 🥋 #KylerMVP (@MeerBirds) November 17, 2020

ready to send it to brazil?

— NDZ 🏈 NFL da Zueira (@enefeudazueira) November 17, 2020

— Texans Storm Report (@PatrickStormTU) November 17, 2020

Trading Hopkins for a paltry return looked inexplicable in March and the decision has not aged well for the Texans.

The Cardinals are one of three NFC West teams with a 6-3 record, while the Texans are toiling away at 2-7. O'Brien was fired at the beginning of October.

Hopkins ranks second in the NFL in reception and receiving yards with 67 and 861 respectively, while his four touchdowns and 12.9 yards per reception rank him 15th and 33rd among NFL wide receivers with at least 25 catches over the first 10 weeks of the season.

At the same stage of the campaign last year, Hopkins had 68 receptions for 665 yards at an average of 9.8 yards per receptions and four touchdowns.

By comparison, Johnson is averaging 51 rushing yards per game on 12.9 carries per game but was inactive in Houston's defeat in Cleveland after being placed on the injured reserve list with a concussion last week. The Cardinals have also seemingly got a slightly better deal when it comes to the two draft picks involved in the trade.

Arizona used Houston's fourth-round pick on nose tackle Rashard Lawrence, who played an average of 16.4 snaps per game before being put on injured reserve after Week 5. Houston, meanwhile, used the Cardinals' second-round pick on defensive lineman Ross Blacklock, who has played an average of 16.3 snaps per game this season for a Texans defense that ranks among the worst in the league in several key metrics.

DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals catches the game-winning touchdown pass as safety Jordan Poyer #21 and safety Micah Hyde #23 of the Buffalo Bills defend during the final seconds of the game at State Farm Stadium on November 15 in Glendale, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty