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Colts Stop Texans’ Streak

HOUSTON – Andrew Luck stopped the Texans winning streak by throwing for 399 yards and two touchdowns and the Colts stayed alive and strengthened their pursuit of the AFC Wild Card with a 24-21 win in Houston Sunday afternoon.

It did not start well for Luck. Three straight punts for the Colts offense. An interception. Lamar Miller with a rushing touchdown and Houston took a 7-0 lead into the second period.

And then, this happened:

The veteran signal caller ripped a 60-yard completion to T.Y. Hilton and then Marlon Mack ran left guard for a 4-yard touchdown to even the game.

Crowd silenced. Game on!

After a stop, the Colts got the ball back and promptly marched 66 yards in five plays with the payoff being a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Eric Ebron

Just like that, 14-7 Colts.

Then after another stop on a Houston possession that included a sack, the Colts got it back again for another march. A 13-yard scramble by Luck, Another 13-yard pass to Ebron, A 15-yard strike to Ebron, then an 11-yard fastball to Chester Rogers which set up NFL All-Time Kicker Adam Vinatieri banging home a 54-yard field goal to lengthen the Colts’ lead to 17-7.

Lamar Miller finished the first drive of the second half with a touchdown to bring the Texans back within three, but Luck and the Colts had a response on the next drive. T.Y. Hilton snatched a 34-yard connection from Luck and then Zach Pascal paid off the drive hauling in a 12-yard touchdown pass to stretch the lead back to 10 points at 24-14 with 3:57 remaining in the third stanza despite having the ball only 3:47 of the third quarter.

An exchange of punts and possessions to begin the money period kept the Texans at bay, but Houston finally broke through as DeAndre Hopkins caught a 7-yard laser from Deshaun Watson to bring the Texans within three once again.

The Colts were in possession and faced a third-and-1 from the Houston 48 yard line with defensive star Jadeveon Clowney was called for a neutral zone infraction, resulting in an automatic first down and Luck and company ran out the clock.

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