In heartbreaking fashion, the Colts fell to the Texans 37-34 in overtime. Midway through the third, the Colts trailed 28-10. Andrew Luck orchestrated a magical fourth-quarter comeback, forcing overtime. The Colts sat at midfield during a two-minute drill in overtime; a win looked all but guaranteed. However, a holding, a sack, and a very questionable play call essentially gave Houston the win. Rubbing salt in the wound, Ka’imi Fairbairn missed the first kick before being iced. I do like the decision to go for it on fourth down but the execution was simply poor.
Andrew Luck was dominant today, throwing for 464 yards and four touchdowns. The offensive line didn’t do him any favors either, giving up four sacks and nine QB hits. Granted, they were missing both starting tackles but J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney sonned the unit. Penalties killed Indianapolis, committing 10 for 85 yards.
T.Y. Hilton dominated Houston’s secondary but left the game early with an injury. He finished the day with 115 yards on four catches. Chester Rogers caught eight balls for 85 yards and Zach Pascal grabbed six for 56. Nyheim Hines dominated this game. He caught nine passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns. The receivers couldn’t secure the ball, netting double-digit drops; a Marcus Johnson drop late in the game could have been the difference. Houston disabled the Colts’ running game, only allowing 17 carries for 41 yards.
The Colts defense struggled to contain DeShaun Watson and his passing attack. Aside from a Pierre Desir interception, the defense was helpless. Watson threw for 375 yards and a touchdown, adding 49 yards on the ground. DeAndre Hopkins and Keke Coutee carved up the Colts, going for 169 and 109 yards respectively. Coutee caught 11 passes and Hopkins snagged 10 and a touchdown.
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The Colts’ defensive line played well against a poor Houston front but they couldn’t generate enough pressure. They finished with seven sacks and 11 QB hits. Denico Autry racked up two sacks, four tackles for loss, and two QB hits. and a bevy of Colt defensive linemen had a sack. Darius Leonard had another good showing, recording 13 tackles with a sack, a tackle for loss, and a QB hit.
The Colts fought valiantly to get back in this game. Andrew Luck did everything that he could to get his Colts back in the ballgame but drops and penalties let him down. If we can take away one positive thing from this game, it’s that Andrew Luck is back. The Colts competed against a star-studded Houston team without their starting running back, starting tight end, and both starting tackles.
The Colts take on the vaunted New England Patriots on Thursday night football.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_, @FPC_NBA and @FPC_Colts.