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Hopkins Helps Texans Top Vikings 27-13

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 9: Shiloh Keo #31 of the Houston Texans intercepts the ball intended for Jerome Simpson #81 of the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter of the game on August 9, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 9: Shiloh Keo #31 of the Houston Texans intercepts the ball intended for Jerome Simpson #81 of the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter of the game on August 9, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — DeAndre Hopkins caught a 34-yard touchdown pass for the Houston Texans in a 27-13 preseason victory on Friday over the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings showcased their rookie wide receiver, too, during a flashy first half by Cordarrelle Patterson.

Hopkins, the 27th overall pick in the draft, had four receptions for 52 yards. Patterson, taken two slots later, caught four passes for 54 yards and returned the opening kickoff 50 yards.

Christian Ponder connected with Jerome Simpson for 15 yards right after that, but when he went back to Simpson on the next play the throw was a bit high and bounced off Simpson’s hands and into Shiloh Keo’s for an interception.

Ponder, entering a critical third season for his future as Minnesota’s quarterback, only took those two snaps.

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