Don’t hand the Indianapolis Colts the first overall pick in April’s NFL Draft just yet. The horseshoes are on a two-game winning streak.
While the Colts have won two in a row to give their season a different look, the Houston Texans are limping towards the finish on a season that was so magical at one point, as they look to enter the postseason on a high. Instead, they may be entering it as a team that is going to need a win next week just to avoid having to play the first weekend against a wild card team.
The Colts pulled out a dramatic win over the Texans, topping Houston 19-16 as Reggie Wayne pulled in a one-yard TD with :19 seconds left for the win. The game-winning drive was highlighted by a number of Texans penalties, as well as a big pitch and catch between Colts QB Dan Orlovsky to Wayne for 34 yards down to the Texans 20.
Seven plays later, Orlovsky made the Colts throw of the season, hitting Wayne on a fade in the end zone for the game winner, crushing the Texans who with the loss fall to 10-5 on the year. Wayne, who could have played his last home game as a Colt caught 8 passes for 106 yards and a score.
The Colts, who were a shoe-in to be in a spot to draft QB Andrew Luck two weeks ago, are now tied with the Rams for the worst record in terms of wins with two. They are 2-13 on the year.
Arian Foster did his part for the Texans, going for 158 yards on the ground on 23 carries with an early TD that put Houston up 7-0. It looked as if the Texans would run all over the Colts, but give Indy’s D some credit, as they played hard and never allowed the Texans another touchdown, just three Neil Rackers field goals.
It appeared that would be enough, as a Rackers 31-yard field goal with 1:56 left put Houston up 16-12, meaning the Colts would need to score a TD, something they had not done all night.
Instead, it was a heroic effort for Orlovsky, who calmly stepped up on the last drive and drove the Colts 78 yards in 12 plays in 1:31 to give the Colts the win. Orlovsky delivered an early Christmas gift for his wife, who is days away from expecting triplets.
Adam Vinatieri kicked four field goals to help out the Colts cause, giving them a shot to then drive down the field and get the win. While he missed a field goal right before the half, the Colts D was the story, holding the Texans and QB T.J. Yates in check.
The rookie QB was 13-for-16 for 132 yards. The Texans offense is in a bad funk, and the last two weeks against the Carolina Panthers and now the Colts, they simply don’t look like the same team that was at one point 10-2.
The Colts will still get the first overall pick in April’s draft if they lose their finale next week in Jacksonville. As for the Texans, they have a matchup next Sunday, January 1st against Tennessee Titans, who themselves are fighting for a wild card.