Colts — 3-10-0-10-0–23
Texans — 0-3-6-14-3–26
The Texans turned a snoozefest into a thriller late Sunday night, shocking the Colts in overtime.
There were boos at NRG Stadium Sunday night, as the home team struggled offensively for three quarters. It was looking like garbage time for the Texans and Brock Osweiler at one point, looking at a 23-9 deficit with just three minutes remaining. Then Lamar Miller, the Texans MVP of the evening, hustled a short pass into the endzone. The Texans got a quick stop on defense, and Osweiler completed three straight passes to tie the game with 49 seconds remaining.
The Colts were in control all night, but couldn’t get the job done in the final minute. Andrew Luck was completely let down by his defense in the fourth quarter, but he was unable to drive his team down late in regulation and in overtime. Luck was sacked another three times tonight, bringing the Colts total to 23 sacks allowed this season.
The Texans travel to Denver next week, where Osweiler will face his former team. The Colts are in Tennessee next week to face the Titans.
It’s hard to say it was a great game, but it was definitely a great finish. Scroll down to see the game stats and highlights:
Luck Got Indy Into The Endzone First
After a slow start from both teams, the Colts offense got rolling in the second. The big play was a catch-and-run by Chester Rogers, and the drive was capped off by a six-yard strike to Jack Doyle.
Miller Took Over For Houston In The Second Half
The Texans needed a spark on offense, and they got it from their workhorse back Lamar Miller. The former Dolphin ripped off three straight first-down runs to start the drive, and finished it on the tenth play with a one-yard score.
Luck Scoots In For Another TD
Huge turn of events at the end of the third quarter, as Houston makes a push to get back in the contest. The Texans defense stuffed Luck and the Colts on fourth and goal, only to have Osweiler and the offense immediately turn it over. Luck capitalized, finishing the drive with this rushing TD to increase his team’s lead.
Lamar Miller Makes a GREAT Play to Keep it Interesting
The Texans haven’t quit yet, although they might have taken too much clock in this fourth quarter scoring drive to cut the lead to seven. Lamar Miller took what is normally a five-yard gain, and hustled into the best play of the night.
Osweiler Completes The Comeback With A Quick Drive
Osweiler saved his best moments for the end tonight, taking the Texans down for the tying touchdown in just three plays. He worked a screen to Miller, then hit Fiedorowicz twice. Somehow, after all their struggles, the Texans have tied this game.
Colts Win The Toss To Start Overtime
After Luck was unable to get the Colts in field goal range in regulation, the Colts start the extra period with possession.
Jaelen Strong’s First Catch Was The Game’s Biggest
Osweiler took a shot deep on the Texans’ first possession of overtime, and hit Jaelen Strong to set up what could be the winning kick.
Novak nails the winning field goal. What a win for the Texans, but what a devastating loss for the Colts.
Passing: Luck: 21/32, 252 yards, TD, INT
Rushing: Gore: 22 carries, 106 yards
Receiving: Doyle: 4 receptions, 53 yards, TD
Passing: Osweiler: 25/39, 269 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Miller: 24 carries, 149 yards, TD
Receiving: Hopkins: 9 receptions, 71 yards
First place in the AFC South is on the line Sunday night when the Colts make their annual trip to Houston.
9-7 was good enough to win this division last year, and it’s on pace to be the benchmark in 2016. The Texans currently lead the division at 3-2, but every other team in the division has two wins after Sunday’s action.
Aside from a loss in Denver, the Colts have played a close game each week of the season. It hasn’t always gone their way, as the Colts have at times struggled to protect franchise QB Andrew Luck. Luck has a TD pass in every game this season, but he’s also been sacked 20 times with five turnovers.
The Houston offense is led by Brock Osweiler, who has struggled in his first year as full-time starter. Osweiler is only completing 58 percent of his passes, and his seven interceptions through five games. It’ll be even more difficult on Sunday, as rookie speedster Will Full is expected to sit with a muscle injury.
The Texans are a small favorite with the home-field advantage Sunday night.