You’re going to get arguments from both sides of the fence – that the Indianapolis Colts’ 31-27 victory over the Houston Texans Sunday at Reliant Stadium was due to: a) a monumental collapse by the Texans, especially by Sage Rosenfels, or b) Colts quarterback Peyton Manning did what he is famoud for – leading his team to an unlikely victory in the last few minutes. But to be fair, a little bit of both occurred.
Texans QB Sage Rosenfels, subbing for starter Matt Schaub, had the Texans ahead 27-10 before losing the ball twice to fumbles and throwing an interception; Colts rookie tight end Tom Santi caught a TD pass from Manning, narrowing the gap to 27-17 with 4:04 to go. Houston would recover the attempted onside kick; however, Rosenfels ran into cornerback Marlin Jackson, who stripped the ball while linebacker Gary Brackett ran back the fumble for a Colts TD, cutting the Texans’ lead to 27-24.
On the Texans’ next drive, Indianapolis defensive tackle Robert Mathis sacked Rosenfels, stripping him of the ball at the Houston 19. Manning would then proceed to hit wide receiver Reggie Wayne with a 5-yard TD pass with 1:54 remaining in the game, sealing the win for the Colts. Manning had a decent outing – not Manning-esque – but decent nonetheless, going 25-of-34 for 247 yards with 2 TD’s and an interception while Rosenfels also did well, going 21-of-33 for 246 yards, with a TD and an INT.
Addai led the Colts rushers with 71 rushing yards while rookie Steve Slaton led all Texans’ rushers with 93 yards on 16 carries; Ahman Green chipped in with 47 yards on 12 carries. Wayne led all Colts receivers with 97 yards on 7 receptions and a TD while Dallas Clark added 5 catches for 81 yards. Andre Johnson led all Texans receivers with 131 yards on 9 receptions and a TD; TE Owen Daniels caught 5 passes for 47 yards. Indianapolis (2-2) return home to host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday while Houston (0-4) remains home to take on the resurgent Miami Dolphins – also on Sunday.