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Fourth Quarter Meltdown Leads Texans to Stunning 31-27 Loss to Colts

For the Texans and their fans – this was about as bad as it could get. Watching the team come back from a 10-0 deficit to take a 27-10 lead with about four minutes left in the game, the feeling at Reliant Stadium was of obvious joy. The Texans were well on their way to winning their first game of the 2008 season.

Then – it happened.

As quickly as turning on or off a light, the Texans, mostly led by QB Sage Rosenfels, self destructed with bumbling play that could only be described in one word – disgusting. Rosenfels gave up two fumbles and then threw a late pick, and just like that, the Colts esacped with what amounts to bank robbery – a 31-27 win.

Rosenfels, who was filling in for an ill Matt Schaub, looked poised in getting the team to the 17-point lead in the fourth quarter. Then he lost one fumble that was returned 68 yards for a score by Gary Brackett that made it 27-24 with 3:36 remaning. Then, another fumble moments later allowed Peyton Manning to lead the team down for a score as he found Reggie Wayne on a five-yard pass to make it 31-27 with 1:54 left.

To end the total meltdown, Rosenfels then drove the Texans to the Colts 43 with :42 left, only to be picked off to end the nightmare of a last few minutes, and end the Texans bleak hopes for a possible playoff run in 2008. At now 0-5, it’s all but over for the Texans, who must now regroup and get ready for the upstart 2-2 Miami Dolphins next week.

Rosenfels was 21-for-33 for 246 yards with one TD and one pick. He helped an offense that had racked up 391 yards, and was looking good both rushing and passing against a Colts D that has had its issues in 08. Instead of having a happy ending though, they gave it all away, and now must go back to the drawing board.

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