Williams intercepted a pass from Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson — it was Watson’s third interception of the game. Hopkins then picked up Williams and instead of making a routine tackle he put the defensive back into a modified suplex and slammed onto the field.
Hopkins received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the play.
The wide receiver was asked about the penalty after the game.
“I didn’t know I couldn’t tackle like that,” he told reporters. “The ref said you can’t tackle like that. I guess I’ll play touch next time, tag.”
Hopkins finished with eight catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
However, the Saints would come away with the win, 30-28, thanks to Will Lutz late field goal