With top seed in reach, Texans lose to Colts

With top seed in reach, Texans lose to Colts
December 30, 2012, 3:45 pm
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Texans lose a huge game to the Colts

The Texans had a chance to clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a win. But they couldn't do it, losing 28-16 to the Colts in Indy.

In the first half the Texans settled for field goals as the Colts converted touchdowns. Shayne Graham connected on kicks of 51-yards and 37-yards in the first half.

For the Colts, Andrew Luck connected with Coby Fleener for a one yard score and Vick Ballard had a one yard run to take a 14-6 lead into halftime.

The third quarter quickly looked as though it belonged to the Texans. Houston scored on their opening drive of the second half on an Arian Foster 13-yard touchdown. It was Foster's NFL leading 15th rushing touchdown.

A Graham 37-yard field goal gave the Texans their first lead of the game with 5:27 left in the third. But it was only short lived. Deji Karim returned the ensuing kickoff 101 yards, giving Indianapolis a 21-16 lead.

The turning point

The Texans' defense looked to have stopped the Colts on their first drive of the fourth quarter. On 3rd-and-15, Luck found Reggie Wayne for a first down but it was negated by a holding call. So on 3rd-and-23 from the Colts' 30-yard line the Texans were looking to force a punt and a chance to put the offense back on the field trailing 21-16. But Luck found T.Y. Hilton up the seem for a 70-yard touchdown pass that sealed the game for the Colts.

What it means

The Texans could have secured the top seed in the AFC with a win. After the Broncos and Patriots won, the Texans ended up as the third seed in the AFC. They will host the Bengals next weekend.

Offensive hero

Andre Johnson finished with his 17th game with at least 10 catches and 100 yards receiving in his career. Johnson's final numbers were 12 catches for 141 yards.  

Heading into Sunday Johnson was tied with Wes Welker for the most 10 catch, 100-yard games in NFL history with 16. Johnson finished the regular season with 1,598 yards, a new career high. It just seems that Johnson keeps getting better with age, and if he stays healthy he once again showed he's one of the best receivers of all-time.

Offensive zero

Once again the Texans needed a game from Matt Schaub and once again he came up short. Schaub showed signs of running the offense the way the Pro Bowl quarterback has done in the past this season, but we also saw mistakes at key times that have caused concern.

Schaub finished 24-for-36 for 275 yards, but didn't throw a touchdown for the second straight game in a row and tossed two interceptions.

Defensive hero

Vontae Davis intercepted Schaub twice, the second coming in the endzone as the Texans were attempting to stage a comeback down 28-16. Davis had just one interception heading into Sunday. Davis also finished with five tackles and three passes defensed.

Defensive zero

Texans special teams coverage. The unit gave up a 101-yard touchdown return to Deji Karim immediately after the Texans took the taking the lead for the first time in game. The coverage was also unacceptable throughout the game.

Key stat

The Texans were hit with nine penalties for 64 yards. They came at huge times and showed that the Texans need more discipline on the defensive front heading into the playoffs.

Did you know?

Johnson needed 43 yards for his third season with at least 100 receptions and 1,500 yards. Johnson joined Marvin Harrison as one of the only two players in NFL history to accomplish that feat three times. He also joined Jerry Rice as one of the two players in NFL history to have 100 receptions and 1,500 yards receiving in their 10th season or later.