WATCH: Former Bison WR Christian Watson hauls in 1st career NFL TD catch, finishes with 3
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson had a 58-yard touchdown catch against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at Lambeau Field, the first TD catch in his NFL career. He added two more in a Green Bay overtime victory.
FARGO — Former North Dakota State wide receiver Christian Watson made his first career NFL touchdown catch memorable Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field.
Watson hauled in a 58-yard TD pass from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys.
"That first one I feel like was like the 800-pound gorilla off his back," Rodgers said of Watson, who had two drops earlier in the game. "Hopefully that is a big jolt for him moving forward."
Watson added two more touchdown catches and had a career day to help the Packers rally for a 31-28 overtime victory.
"It's been kind of a roller-coaster ride for him," said Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur. "To see him respond like that ... the resiliency that he showed, the ability to bounce back."
Watson made an over-the-shoulder catch and the broke away from a defender for the score that tied the game at 7-7 with 4 minutes, 54 seconds to play in the second quarter for his first career NFL touchdown catch.
"To see him come down with it, I think was a pivotal moment hopefully in his career where that gives him the confidence," LaFleur said.
"That might be the biggest catch of this young receiver's career," said FOX television analyst Greg Olsen after the score.
Watson did a back flip in the end zone to celebrate the long touchdown reception.
Watson added to his big day with a 39-yard touchdown catch that cut to Cowboys lead to 28-21 with 13:23 remaining in the fourth quarter. Watson did a "Lambeau Leap" into the home crowd after his second score of the afternoon.
Watson continued his breakthrough game with a 7-yard TD catch that tied the game at 28-28 with 2:29 to play in the fourth quarter for his third touchdown catch of the game.
"I'm super proud of him," LaFleur said. "He is such a conscientious guy, very mature for a rookie. It means a lot to him."
Watson finished four catches for 107 yards and three touchdowns. Packers kicker Mason Crosby kicked a 28-yard field goal in overtime to seal the victory.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Watson had a rushing touchdown earlier this season for his first career NFL score.