Indianapolis (CBS HOUSTON/AP) – The Houston Texans needed to beat the Colts in Indianapolis on Sunday to stop a three-game losing streak and stay atop of the AFC South. They were able to hold off a last minute drive by Andrew Luck which saw a fourth down incomplete pass seal the 22-17 victory for the Texans.
This was the Texans second straight victory in a row in Indianapolis. Before the 2015 season, Houston had never won on the road against the Colts.
Nick Novak was the key to the Texans scoring, making five field goals on five tries as the Texans offense stalled out multiple times in Indianapolis territory. The Texans defense, however, was the key to the win as they came up with big stops and three turnovers to hold the Colts to just three scores.
The Texans relied on their running game and Lamar Miller who broke the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Miller finished 21 carries for 107 yards and the Texans only touchdown, while Brock Osweiler was 14 of 24 for 147 yards with one interception.
Andrew Luck was 24 of 45 for 276 yards with two TD passes, two interceptions and one fumble. T.Y. Hilton had nine catches for 115 yards and a 35-yard TD catch that closed Indy’s deficit to 19-17 early in the fourth quarter.
The defenses made it tough all day.
Indy struggled after starting the game by driving for a field goal. They didn’t score again until Frank Gore took an 18-yard screen pass into the end zone early in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 16-10.
But the Texans answered with a field goal and after Hilton’s 35-yard catch took nearly 6½ minutes off the clock before kicking another field goal to force Indy to score a touchdown at the end of the game. That led to the failed 4th down screen pass.
The Texans come home to host the Jacksonville Jaguars while Indy goes to Minnesota to face the Vikings in Week 15.
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