Texans Beat Up Colts to 34-24 Win

Well the Texans have done it!  For the second time in franchise history, the Houston Texans have beaten the Indianapolis Colts.  Whether it was Arian Foster’s 33 rushing attempts for 231 yards and three touchdowns, the Texans’ D’s consistency, ending the game in victory formation, or the 79,974 (largest crowd in franchise history) present, the Houston Texans are starting out 2010 on the right foot.  For the Colts, who were derailed in last year’s Super Bowl, they start the 2010 Regular Season 0-1 and 0-1 in the AFC South.

FIRST HALF

The Texans started the first half on defense, immediately sending the Colts three-and-out to open the Regular Season.  The Texans then followed up the electricity in Reliant Stadium with an excellent punt return by Jacoby Jones eventually leading to two dropped passes in the Red Zone and a Texans Field Goal off the foot of Neil Rackers.  Afterward, the Colts drives ended on third-and-longs while still playing like last year’s AFC Champs.  But it wasn’t enough as the Texans Defense kept up the intensity, helping the Texans inefficient Red Zone offense to another field goal off Rackers from the 49-yard line.  The Colts remained ineffective throughout the half, allowing Mario Williams to pressure Manning and his offensive line.  Jim Caldwell also went 0-for-1 in his 2010 challenges.  Arian Foster began running for first downs in the first quarter, but nothing compared to his second half offensive prowess.

In the opening drive of the second quarter Matt Schaub opened up with three passes (Jones, Johnson and Walter) ending with a 22-yard Walter reception for a TD.  The drive: 7 plays, 80 yards and a touchdown in 3:44 minutes.  The Colts followed with a Garcon-drive-ending drop, a Schaub interception and a Manning-Wayne wrap-around touchdown around safety Bernard Pollard.  By the end of the half, the Texans led the Colts 13-10.

SECOND HALF

The Houston Texans brought the hammer in the second half, astarting the third quarter with a 35-yard kick return by Steve Slaton.  Kubiak followed the great special teams play by calling Arian Foster’s number who converted a fourth-and-two while continueing to grind it out until scoring a two-yard touchdown putting the Texans up 20-10 with 9:03 left in the third.  The ensuing drive by the Colts ended with a huge Mario Williams sack.

The Texans fourth quarter offense was spectacular after the Colt’s opening quarter drive ended with a huge Bernard Pollard forced fumble and Quin fumble recovery with the Colts hunting in the Texans’ 20.  However, when the Texans got the ball back, Foster started tearing off huge gains, including a 49 yarder, 10 yarder, and a 25-yard touchdown on an six rush and 90-yard drive.  At that time, Foster had 190 yards and two touchdowns with the Texans up 27-10.  The Colts followed up with Dallas Clark touchdown reception with 4:32, bringing the Colts within 10 until Foster kept up his pace.  Foster ran the Texans’ fifth drive of the half ending up with 33 carries for 231 yards and three touchdowns.  It was 34-17 after the Foster TD, but the Colts didn’t give up, throwing one last TD to Austin Collie ending the game at 34-24 and in Texans Victory Formation!


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