By the Numbers: Texans' loss to Colts

By the Numbers: Texans' loss to Colts
December 31, 2012, 8:00 am
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Texans lose a huge game to the Colts

We'll start out with the No. 1. That's what the Texans gave up when they lost to the Colts 28-16 on Sunday afternoon.

The Texans squandered their opportunity to clinch the top seed in the AFC.

The Texans actually captured a third-quarter lead when Shayne Graham nailed a 37-yard field goal with 5:22 left.

Then two monster plays from the Colts gave them the win.

First, on the ensuing kickoff, Deji Karim returned the kick 101 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest kick return for a touchdown from a Colt since 1973, when Cotton Speyrer returned one 101 yards.

The kick return was also the second-longest the Texans have given up in their 10-year history. The longest was a 103-yarder to David Reed of the Ravens in 2010. It was the seventh kick return touchdown they have given up as a franchise.

But even after that play, the Texans were still in the ball game. They were down 21-16 with 20 minutes left in the game, plenty of time to recover.

But they couldn't recover from a 70-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton early in the fourth.

It was the sixth time this season the Texans have given up a pass play of 60-plus yards, tied for the most in the NFL this season (Redskins). The Texans hadn't given up a 60-yard pass before Nov. 18 but have given up six since then.

The Texans' defense gave up 265 yards of offense, seven fewer than they gave up two weeks ago when they beat the Colts. The 265 yards were the fewest they've given up since their Nov. 11 win over the Bears.

It was the third-best defensive game in terms of yards allowed this season but they still lost. Sunday was the eighth time in franchise history that the Texans gave up 265 or fewer yards and lost. It was the first time since 2010.

Coming into Sunday teams were 52-25 this season when giving up 265 yards or fewer.

While the Texans did lose, there were some positives for Houston too. One of them was Arian Foster. No, Foster didn’t run for 100 yards but he did finish with 96 on 16 carries and a touchdown.

Foster now has over 1,400 yards on the ground 15 rushing touchdowns. He's the first player to do that since ... Arian Foster in 2010. It’s the 31st such season in NFL history.

Since 2010, Foster has 41 rushing touchdowns. The next closest player is Adrian Peterson with 36.

Andre Johnson had another big game too. He caught 12 passes for 141 yards. Johnson finished the season with 1,598 yards, topping his previous high of 1,575 yards in 2008. His 112 catches were the second-most in his career, trailing only his total of 115 from 2008. His total of 1,598 yards is the fourth-highest total of any player over 30 in NFL history.

He passed the 1,500-yard mark for the third time in his career. He’s one of only three players – Jerry Rice (four), Marvin Harrison (three) – to do that.

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