Rapid Reaction: Colts 19, Texans 16
December, 22, 2011
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- Quick thoughts on the Colts' 19-16 victory over the Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium:
What it means: After an 0-13 start, the Colts won their second game in five days -- this one with a dramatic drive in the final two minutes capped by a 1-yard touchdown catch by Reggie Wayne in what might have been his last home game as a member of the team. The AFC South champion Texans dropped their second game in a row and really hurt themselves in terms of maximizing their playoff seeding.
What I liked, Colts: Quite a bit of resolve. They settled for five field goal attempts by Adam Vinatieri, who hit four of them, until the final drive. They took advantage of favorable penalties on a 12-play, 78-yard touchdown march that took only 1 minute, 37 seconds and finished with Wayne's heroic catch.
What I liked, Texans: Brian Cushing forced a Dan Orlovsky fumble on the first play from scrimmage, Brooks Reed recovered and Arian Foster quickly ran it in for an easy touchdown. Foster punished the Colts with consistently good gains, breaking off chunks that accounted for the bulk of the Texans’ offense -- 23 carries and 158 yards.
Still winless: The Texans still have never won in Indianapolis, falling to 0-10 at the RCA Dome and Lucas Oil Stadium combined.
What I want to know: Did the Texans suffer short-term loss in exchange for long-term benefit? It's a result that could help keep the Colts from having the first pick in the draft and keep Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck out of the division.
What’s next: The Colts will look to end the season with three consecutive wins when they travel to Jacksonville for their season finale Jan. 1. Houston hosts Tennessee the same day.