HOUSTON, TX – It goes without saying that the Indianapolis Colts needed this 20-14 victory over the Houston Texans. For a true Colts fan, this game wasn’t easy to watch either, as both sides went back and forth. But in the end, all that ever ends up mattering is the final result.
On the first drive, the Colts offense clicked. Everything worked. But nothing was consistent, from either team.
There was the first 1 3/4 quarters, which was all Colts. Then the Texans stole the momentum in the final minutes of the second quarter.
Then came an uneventful third quarter — until T.Y. Hilton was able to make (finally…) the eventual game-winning play late in the period after diving at the Houston 35-yard line, going untouched, getting up and jogging into the end zone from there. Seriously. The Texans touch him and he’s down.
And then came another interesting fourth quarter, in which the Colts certainly had their chances to really put the game away, but just couldn’t, and then they saw Texans backup quarterback Tom Savage (in for the injured Deshaun Watson) drive his team to the Indianapolis 6-yard line for one final chance to get in the end zone and come away with an improbable win, only to see Jabaal Sheard break through for a huge game-sealing strip sack.
It’s the Colts’ first win in the AFC South Division, and it’s much needed with the always-tough Pittsburgh Steelers coming to Indianapolis next Sunday, followed by a late-season bye week.