HOUSTON (FOX 26) - For the first time in about a month, J.J. Watt was able to use both his hands on the field of play. He was definitely happy about that.
"It was beautiful," Watt said after the Texans beat the Jaguars 30-6 on Sunday in theis season finale, a game in which he had three sacks and his defensive counterpart, Whitney Mercilus, had three and a half.
Watt had spent the previous three games playing with a cast on his left hand.
"It felt great," Watt said. "It's a credit to our doctors. It's really only been three weeks since it happened, so it's a credit to our doctors, our trainers, everybody for helping me get it back healthy."
That said, Watt admitted his hand isn't completely healed yet, but it was still fine enough to excel on the field.
"It took a couple of big hits," Watt said. "It really bounced back well. I don't think it was a problem, so it was great.
"It's much better with two than one."
It was a day to celebrate for Watt. He contributed plenty on a day the Texans clinched the AFC South and a playoff berth. Watt had eight tackles, three sacks, two passes defensed, one fumble recovered, and he also forced a fumble that was recovered by Mercilus. And after one of his sacks, Watt appeared to do the "nae nae," the "whip," the "dab," and the "ran off on da plug twice" dances all in one celebration.
"I'm just a big, white guy trying to have some fun out there," Watt said with a smile. "I realize they were very terrible.
"I'm having some fun out there."
And on this day of making the playoffs, there was fun to be had.
"It means a lot to the guys in the room," Watt said. "It shows that when you work hard, stick together, you believe in each other, that you can accomplish what you want to do. You don't listen to everybody else. You don't listen to predictions and things like that. You just go out there and you play your game. You work hard and you stick together and you can do great things."