The Texans are in big trouble – as if you didn’t know that already. Thursday night at Lucas Oil Stadium, the AFC South champs were handed a second straight shocking loss, falling to the 1-13 Colts 19-16 in the final 20 seconds.
The Colts pulled out a dramatic win over their rivals, as Reggie Wayne pulled in a one-yard TD with :19 seconds left for the win. The game-winning drive was highlighted by a number of Texans penalties, as well as a big pitch and catch between Colts QB Dan Orlovsky to Wayne for 34 yards down to the Texans 20.
The Texans had their chances, driving a number of times on the Colts, but settling for field goals, which in the end is not the recipe to get you to the Super Bowl.
Houston has never won in Indy, and it appears that the closest the Texans are going to get to Super Bowl XLVI was Thursday night as they left the field shaking their heads wondering what lies ahead.
“We have struggled,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “We’re playing with a young quarterback whose adjustmenting every week as we go. We haven’t been as explosive with the big plays and those types of things. Tonight it started with us not protecting very well, I thought he handled himself well.”
That rookie QB, T.J. Yates went 13-for-16 for 132 yards. The offense though is in a complete funk, and that’s not what you want when your 2-3 weeks away from your first playoff game.
“Just disappointed, but you have to give them a lot of credit,” Kubiak said.
The final drive was highlighted by the play of Orlovsky, the former Texans QB who made the Colts throw of the season, hitting Wayne on a fade in the end zone for the game winner, crushing the Texans who with the loss fall to 10-5 on the year. Wayne, who could have played his last home game as a Colt caught 8 passes for 106 yards and a score.
The Colts, who were a shoe-in to be in a spot to draft QB Andrew Luck two weeks ago, are now tied with the Rams for the worst record in terms of wins with two. They are 2-13 on the year.
Arian Foster did his part for the Texans, going for 158 yards on the ground on 23 carries with an early TD that put Houston up 7-0. It looked as if the Texans would run all over the Colts, but give Indy’s D some credit, as they played hard and never allowed the Texans another touchdown, just three Neil Rackers field goals.
It appeared that would be enough, as a Rackers 31-yard field goal with 1:56 left put Houston up 16-12, meaning the Colts would need to score a TD, something they had not done all night.
Instead, it was a heroic effort for Orlovsky, who calmly stepped up on the last drive and drove the Colts 78 yards in 12 plays in 1:31 to give the Colts the win. Orlovsky delivered an early Christmas gift for his wife, who is days away from expecting triplets.
Adam Vinatieri kicked four field goals to help out the Colts cause, giving them a shot to then drive down the field and get the win. While he missed a field goal right before the half, the Colts D was the story, holding the Texans and Yates in check.
The Texans defense also needs to share the blame, as they were getting pressure all night, but they had three penalties in the red zone in the final series, and in the end they allowed a game-winning score to a one-win team. They simply don’t look like the same team that was at one point 10-2.
The Texans, they have a matchup next Sunday, January 1st against Tennessee Titans, who themselves are fighting for a wild card. They need a win and then will sit back and find out if it’s enough to earn a bye, or if they will be playing wild card weekend at home against the 6th ranked AFC team.