We waited for it all game long, Colts fans seemingly knew the inevitable was coming. The Colts would do something in which would ultimately alter the game, and swing it in the favor of the Texans.
For so long here in Indianapolis that pendulum had swung in the other direction. With Manning and Luck at the helm, it seemed they could never be counted out, and it had Colts fans believing in miracles.
But this season, it had swung in the opposite direction, hard. The Colts have been unable to get out of their own way most of the year, leading deep into the 2nd half almost every game and finding ways to wrestle defeat from the jaws of victory.
Not this past Sunday however, as the Colts were able to make a goal line stand to end the game in dramatic fashion. Yes, it was the Colts defense which came to play in Houston, holding the Texans offense to only 7 points, and constantly getting after qb Tom Savage, and surprisingly, without Vontae Davis who they left at home per coaches decision.
How it Happened:
The Colts were able to control nearly the entire first half of the game on Sunday, before a Jacoby Brissett fumble that was returned for a touchdown, making it 10-7 going into halftime.
After some pushing and shoving in the 3rd quarter, the Colts were able to jump out to a 20-7 lead thanks to a nifty play by T.Y. Hilton. Hilton led the Colts all game long, catching 5 balls for 175 yards and 2 long touchdowns. Hilton is currently sitting at 2nd im recieving yards in the NFL
From that point it was all Texans, as Savage began to pick apart the Colts defense who flipped the switch from physical to soft.
With just over 6 minutes to go, the Texans had managed to score a touchdown and drive all the way to the Colts 5 yard line, and still haf 40 seconds remaining to punch it im, and send the Colts home with their 4th consecutive loss, and 7th overall.
That is when the Colts finally buckled their chin straps and got back to being nasty.
Nate Hairston made the play of the game on 3rd down, diving across Deandre Hopkins to swat away what appeared to be a sure game winning touchdown. On the next play, Jabaal Sheard stripped Savage Barkavious Mingo dove on it, sealing a much-needed Colts victory. Moving them to 3-6, keeping the division within reach theoretically.
With the win the Colts are able to head into a major showdown with the current #1 seed in the AFC , the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chuck Pagano and his defense have been exposed in the past vs Pittsburgh, and the Steelers come in with a cupboard full of weapons on offense, and a defense to match it.