Rivers, defense help Colts to 26-20 win over Houston Texans

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With their offense sputtering in the second half Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts turned to their defense to seal a win over the Houston Texans.

Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes in the first half and the defense dominated after that, lifting the Colts to the 26-20 victory.

The Texans got an opportunity to start to lead the pack with around 90 seconds left. They were at the Colts 2 when Deshaun Watson mishandled a low snap and Anthony Walker jumped on it to make sure about the triumph.

“It was insane,” Indianapolis mentor Frank Reich said. “Clearly, that is the reason it’s an hour long moment game and you’re never astonished by things that occur in this group … we got a decent break there. We made the break. They failed and we proceeded to get it.”

Watson assumed liability for the miscue despite the fact that the snap wasn’t incredible.

“I ought to have recently gotten the ball,” he said. “I realize it was somewhat low and hot, however for me I invest heavily in getting each snap paying little mind to where it is and how quick it is.”

The Colts (8-4) drove 24-20 at the break after Rivers tossed TD passes of 21 and 39 yards. Their offense didn’t score from that point onward, however the safeguard held Houston (4-8) scoreless in the subsequent half and Justin Houston added a wellbeing with a sack of Watson in the end zone.

The wellbeing was Indy’s third this season and the fourth of Houston’s profession, tying him for the most in NFL history. Houston had three sacks, three QB hits and constrained a bobble.

With Sunday’s shutout in the subsequent a large portion of, the Colts are permitting a normal of 7.33 focuses in the second 50% of games this season.

Watson tossed for 341 yards and ran for a score in the principal half. In any case, he didn’t have a score breathe easy this season and threw a capture after not being taken out in the last six games.

He seemed stunned after the fumble and sat alone on Houston’s bench with a towel covering his head for several minutes after the game ended. Watson was still emotional more than an hour after the game, choking up more than once while talking to reporters.

“I was disappointed for the whole city … that’s why I was sitting on the bench,” Watson said.

The Colts had a chance to add to their lead with about seven minutes left, but Jonathan Taylor was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1 from the Houston 5.

“We weren’t as good executing in the second, though we did get the running game going,” Rivers said. “We found a way to win but we sure don’t feel like we played perfect.”

Indianapolis added to its lead three plays later when Houston sacked Watson in the end zone to make it 26-20.

The Colts had two penalties on the ensuing drive and punted to give the Texans that last chance.

T.Y. Hilton had a season-high 110 yards receiving and a touchdown. Taylor ran for 91 yards after missing a game because of COVID-19 contact tracing. Rivers threw for 285 yards.

Keke Coutee had 141 yards receiving and Chad Hansen 101. Both players set career highs in Houston’s first game since star receiver Will Fuller received a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers.

The Texans were driving late in the third quarter when Kenny Moore ripped the ball out Brandin Cooks’ hands as he was falling to the ground. The play was reviewed and upheld as an interception, the first pick off Watson since Oct. 11.

Indy couldn’t take advantage of the mistake and had to punt.

The Colts led 7-0 after a 21-yard TD catch by Hilton on their first drive. Houston tied it when Watson scrambled 11 yards for a score later in the first quarter. That score was set up when Watson wriggled out of the grasp of a defender and completed a 64-yard pass to Coutee.

A 52-yard field goal by Kaʻimi Fairbairn gave Houston a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter. Nyheim Hines put the Colts up 14-10 on a 5-yard run with less than a minute left in the first.

Fairbairn missed a 53-yard field goal attempt before Indianapolis made it 21-10 on a 39-yard catch-and-run by Taylor. Then Houston got within 21-17 on a 6-yard run by David Johnson, and both teams added field goals to leave Indianapolis up 24-20 at halftime.

ELITE COMPANY

Rivers has 3,263 yards passing this season to join Brett Favre and Drew Brees as the only players in NFL history to have 3,000 yards passing in 15 straight seasons.

INJURIES

Colts: RT Le’Raven Clark was carted off the field in the first quarter with an ankle injury.

Texans: TE Pharaoh Brown sustained a concussion in the first quarter.

UP NEXT

Colts: visit the Raiders next Sunday.

Texans: visit the Bears next Sunday.

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