The undefeated Colts heard all week about how the upstart Texans were going to take advantage of Indy’s recent injuries to hand them their first loss of the season. Someone must have forgot to tell Peyton Manning about that. Manning led a first half Colts charge, building a 13-0 lead, then rallying with a fourth quarter TD from Joseph Addai to top Houston 20-17.
The defense sealed the deal late, as with Houston driving towards what could have been a game-tying field goal, the defense stopped the Texans at the 24, and Kris Brown missed a 42-yard field goal as time expired to save the win for the Colts. Indy moves to 8-0 on the season, dropping their South rivals to 5-4.
Indy had three first quarter drives of 9 plays or more, as they went 48 yards, 79 yards and 61 yards, scoring a TD and two field goals to build their lead. The Texans killed themselves with first half penalties, and they also did nothing on offense as they ran just 7 first quarter plays, and had just 7 first quarter yards. They kicked a late field goal in the second quarter to make it 13-3.
The second half was a different story, as the Texans scored touchdowns going 86 and 84 yards to give them the lead. The first drive was 12 plays and ended with a TD pass from Matt Schaub to Ryan Moats from a yard out. The second drive was also 12 plays and wrapped up with a Steve Slaton one-yard run.
After having the ball for just three plays in the third quarter, Manning and the Colts offense took over. They got the ball on their own 39, and put together a game-winning drive, going 61 yards in 8 plays, as Addai went in from two yards out to give them the lead.
Houston had two last chances, the first ending with a pick, and then the second ending in Houston heartbreak as Brown missed the field goal at the buzzer that would have tied the game.