The Texans have had tough losses in their history, but Sunday’s setback to the Colts at Lucas Oil Field 20-17 may have been their toughest. After getting dominated for the first quarter, then returning the favor in the third quarter to take the lead, the Texans found themselves down three in the final minutes.
That’s when disaster struck twice. The first time Matt Schaub threw a pick to the Colts Clint Session. The second as even tougher to swallow, as kicker Kris Brown missed on a 42-yard field goal as time expired that would have sent the game into overtime. “We played hard, but once again, we came up short,” said receiver Andre Johnson, who had 10 catches for 103 yards.
It could have never gotten to that point if the Texans would have been able to take advantage of their chances. They took a lead in the third quarter after trailing early 13-0. They scored 17 straight points with a third quarter to remember, as they outgained the Colts in the third quarter 169 to 9.
Indy though rallied, as Peyton Manning and the offense put together a drive that ended with a 2-yard Joseph Addai score to make it 20-17. Houston still had plenty of time, but the two chances they had to tie the game or go-ahead failed, and the team left Indy with a heartbreaking setback. “Fluke things seem to keep happening to us,” offensive tackle Eric Winston said.
“This is definitely the No. 1 toughest loss we’ve had since I’ve been here,” cornerback Dunta Robinson said. “It’s a hard pill to swallow, but we can’t dwell on it.” The Texans are now a lifetime 1-14 against the Colts, including 0-8 in Indianapolis. This may have been their best chance to win there.
The team now sits at 5-4, and they will have two weeks to think about this loss with the bye upon them in week 10, before getting back on the field Monday night November 23rd vs the Titans.