In a game that saw T.Y. Hilton accumulate 223 receiving yards on 9 receptions and 1 TD and the Colts’ take a 24-0 lead in the first quarter, the team narrowly escaped the clutches of defeat in Houston.
It started with the Colts’ first drive that led to a 27-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri, 3-0 Colts.
The Colts then boldly called an onside kick due to an impractical kick return formation the Texans were running, and successfully recovered as Pat McAfee recovered his own kick. One thing led to another, and the Colts had their first touchdown of the game, as Trent Richardson found paydirt with 10:40 left in the first quarter, 10-0 Colts.
147 receiving yards later in the first quarter by T.Y. Hilton, and the Colts were up 24-0. It’s an absolutely astonishing mark, when you consider that Hilton’s previous career high was 155 receiving yards.
However, the Texans began to slowly but surely, turn it up a notch and ultimately made it a game. With 10:24 left in the second quarter, and the Texans attempting a 32-yard field goal on 4th and 5 on the Indianapolis 14-yard line, Zach Kerr was called for an illegal formation for covering up the center. It seemed to be key turning point in the game, as the Texans went on to score a touchdown on a 4-yard Ryan Fitzpatrick pass that found Andre Johnson in the end zone on an acrobatic sideline catch. 24-7 Colts.
On the Colts’ ensuing drive, a pass by QB Andrew Luck was batted and intercepted by the Texans at the Colts’ 24-yard line. It led to a 12-yard Arian Foster touchdown 8:28 left in the second quarter.
Of course, QB Andrew Luck and the Colts’ offense roared back on a clock-draining, 7 minute and 17 second yard drive, that accumulated 15 plays and 62 yards, and led to a 34-yard field goal that was made by Adam Vinatieri. A short and unsuccessful Texans’ possession later, and it was now 27-14 at halftime.
The Colts would punt on their next two drives in the second half, and the Texans would finally end both teams’ scoring droughts as Arian Foster would gash the Colts for a 34-yard run, only to cap the 4 play, 70-yard drive (1:05 elapsed) with a 2-yard touchdown run, 33-21 Colts.
Unfortunately for the Colts, their bad 2nd half went to worse when with 14:19 left in the 4th quarter, J.J. Watt recovered a mistimed snap between QB Andrew Luck and rookie center Jonotthan Harrison. Watt didn’t just recover the fumble; however, as he took the ball 45 yards for a touchdown, 33-28 Colts. Time to Worry?
The Colts would punt yet again on their ensuing drive, but were given a gift, as the Texans’ Andre Johnson fumbled the football on the Texans 46-yard line with 4:47 left in the 4th quarter. The Colts had a chance to put away the game on offense, but Andrew Luck’s 3rd and 6
completion to Reggie Wayne was overturned with 2:26 left in the 4th quarter.
It came down to one final drive, would the defense bend or break with 2:15 left? With a touchdown, the Houston Texans would win the game, 35-33. On first and 10, on the Houston 21-yard line, Ryan Fitzpatrick was strip-sacked by OLB Bjoern Werner, and ILB D’Qwell Jackson recovered. Ballgame, 33-28 Colts.
QB Andrew Luck: 25 for 44 for 370 passing yards, 3 TD’s and 1 INT, Quarterback Rating of 97.7
RB Trent Richardson: 17 carries for rushing 41 yards (2.4 ypc), 1 TD
WR T.Y. Hilton: 9 receptions for 223 yards, 1 TD (One yard shy of tying Baltimore Colt great, Raymond Berry’s single game receiving yards record)
ILB D’Qwell Jackson: 7 tackles (5 solo), 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QB Hit
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