Instant replay: Texans start hot but lose lead to Colts

Instant replay: Texans start hot but lose lead to Colts
November 3, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Texans DC Wade Phillips took over for Kubiak in 2nd half

The Texans’ season continues to slip away. It’ll take a miracle to make the playoffs.

After starting strong in the first half, the Texans allowed Andrew Luck and the Colts to take their first lead with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Colts won 27-24 on Sunday night football.

The Texans are 2-6.

The Texans had the ball with 44 seconds remaining and no timeouts, but weren’t able to put together a scoring drive after the defense stopped the Colts on three plays. Randy Bullock missed a 55-yarder as time expired.

Luck threw two touchdown passes to T.Y Hilton in the fourth quarter to give the Colts a lead late. The first was a deep ball and Hilton beat Johnathan Joseph. The next time, he caught a ball in the flat, juked and made Joseph miss.

The Texans jumped out to a 21-3 lead at halftime behind three Keenum touchdown passes to Andre Johnson, who didn’t have one heading into Sunday. At times on Sunday, the home crowd broke into “Keenum” cheers to celebrate the former University of Houston quarterback.

The game was finished in a bizarre atmosphere after head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed at the end of the half and was taken to a local hospital.

Keenum threw his first two touchdown passes on long balls to Johnson. Both were on play-action calls. The first was a 62-yarder. The second was a 41-yarder. The third was a fade into the end zone, a rare play call for the Texans.

Bullock missed three field goals, one from 43 yards and one from 49. He also missed the game-tying chance late.

The turning point
Luck hit Hilton on a beautiful 62-yard touchdown pass. Hilton used his speed and just passed Joseph. That touchdown made it a one-score game and Hilton gave the Colts the lead with another touchdown later in the fourth quarter.

What it means

The Texans’ slim playoff hopes are near non-existent after their most recent loss. 
Key stat
Bullock went 1-for-4 on field goal attempts.  

Injury update
Arian Foster left the game early in the first quarter with a back injury and did not return. He battled a hamstring injury during the week.

Head coach Kubiak collapsed after the first half. He was conscious and was taken to a local hospital. His family was with him.

Offensive hero
They have to split this. No way around it. Keenum and Johnson were spectacular in the first half. Johnson had seven catches for 190 yards and three touchdowns … in the first half.

Offensive zero
Foster, through no fault of his own. He left the game early with a back injury. 

Defensive hero
J.J. Watt was his normal disruptive self. He was no match for Mike McGlynn. Antonio Smith also had an active day. 

Defensive zero
Ed Reed didn’t start the game. He instead was the dime package safety. He had a bonehead personal foul early in the second half. Luckily for the Texans, that possession resulted in a field goal. Brice McCain also gave up a couple big plays.

Did you know?
The Texans had the roof open at Reliant Stadium for the first time since 2011. They are now 23-19 all-time with the roof open.
Who's next?
The Texans are on the road to face the Cardinals in Arizona next weekend before returning home for three games, against the Raiders, Jaguars and Patriots, at Reliant Stadium.

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