Texans 27, Colts 24: Postgame Quick Hits

Houston beat the Colts for the first time in their franchise's history after nine previous failed attempts. Kicker Kris Brown's 48-yard field goal on the last play was the game-winner for Houston, who dropped the Colts a notch in the postseason seeding.


-- Inactives for the Colts were WR Ricky Proehl, DB Bob Sanders, DB Tim Jennings, RB Kory Chapman, DB T.J. Rushing, TE Dallas Clark, T Daniel Federkeil, DE Ryan LaCasse

-- Safety Marlin Jackson led the Colts with 14 tackles. He was also credited with two of their three pass deflections. LB Tyjuan Hagler led the special teams with 1 solo tackle and an assist.

-- RB Joseph Addai rushed for 100 yards on 15 carries for a 6.9 yard per carry average. But his apparent success didn't have as much impact on the game as you would think. He got 65 of those yards on five runs of 15, 29 5, 12, and 4 yards during one possession in the first half that helped the team put 7 points on the board. The rest of the game he got just 35 yards on ten carries. Addai also had four catches in the game, but gained just 8 yards.

-- RB Dominic Rhodes fumbled on Indianapolis' first possession after Houston scored a touchdown on their first possession. They took advantage of the field position in Colts territory and jumped out to a 14-0 lead.

Colts QB Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
-- QB Peyton Manning completed 77.8 percent of his passes but had just 205 yards passing on 21 completions. He threw three touchdowns, including two to Marvin Harrison and one to Aaron Moorehead. It was Moorehead's first TD catch of his four-year career.

-- WR Marvin Harrison had eight catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns. It was his sixth 100-yard game of the season and he now has a team-leading 11 TD catches for the year. He's now assured himself of posting his eighth consecutive season with 10 or more TD catches. Reggie Wayne was relatively held in check with just three catches for 27 yards. That's a significant dropoff after catching 15 passes over the past two games. TE Bryan Fletcher had a team-high 14.5 yards per catch, but Manning only connected with him twice.

-- Manning wasn't sacked in the game, marking his seventh time this season that he wasn't dropped for a loss on a pass play. Over the past five weeks, he's only been sacked twice. And he's only thrown one interception in his last three games.

-- Kickoff returns specialist Terrence Wilkins had his fourth-best game of the season, returning one kickoff for 41 yards and finishing the day with a 26.0 average. He's averaging 24.5 yards per return for the year.

-- The Colts were penalized just twice in the game, but neither one impact the Colts ability to move the chains. OT Tarik Glenn was called for a false start and LB Freddie Keiaho was called for holding on a kickoff return.

-- The Colts converted 75 percent of their third-down opportunities which tied their season-high in that category that they set in Week Two during their first meeting with the Texans.

-- The Colts defense failed to get a sack for the fifth time this season.

-- The loss dropped the Colts to 11-4 and into the No. 3 seed position for the playoffs. They can still get the No. 2 seed if they beat Miami next week and the Ravens lose to the Bills.


-- Inactives were QB Quinton Porter, WR 19 Charlie Adams, RB Sam Gado, CB John Walker, CB Michael Stone, OL Scott Jackson, DT Tim Bulman, TE Owen Daniels

-- QB David Carr continued to hover near the 70 percent completion rate for the season with a 69.6 completion percent against the Colts, primarily using short passes. His longest completion of the day was for 25 yards. Carr didn't throw any interceptions, his third time in the last four games where he's avoided turning the ball over through the air.

Ron Dayne scores a 3-yard touchdown against the Colts (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
-- RB Ron Dayne rushed for over 100 yards for just the second time this season with a season-best 153 yards on 32 carries. His 4.8 yards per carry average was his third best on the season. With two touchdown runs, he now has five for the season. In total, the Colts surrendered 191 yards rushing and an average of 4.5 yards per carry.

-- WR Andre Johnson had just four catches for 48 yards, but that put him over the 100-catch mark for the first time in his four-year career. He now has 101 catches with one week to play, easily besting his previous season high of 79 back in 2004.

-- No. 2 receiver, Eric Moulds, was shutout on the day. And that's the first time that's happened this season. But the Texans used a total of 7 different receivers for their 16 completions on the day.

-- Kickoff returns specialist Dexter Wynn averaged a season-high 29.4 yards per return against the Colts' special teams.

-- The Texans were flagged four times but only one had an impact. WR Andre Johnson's holding penalty on a late Ron Dayne TD run forced them to settle for a field goal. LB Charlie Anderson was called for an illegal block above the waist (5 yards) during a punt return, but it didn't have an impact on the next possession. TE Jeb Putzier and G Fred Weary were each penalized for a false start, but the Texans got a first down after each penalty.

Kicker Kris Brown kicked his eighth career game-winning field goal to seal the victory for the Texans.

-- Rookie LB DeMeco Ryans led his team in tackles with 8 and deflected a pass. Cornerback Dunta Robinson deflected three passes. DE MarioWilliams forced the only Colts fumble. DE Anthony Weaver recovered it. LB DaShon Polk led the special teams with 1 tackle and 1 assist.

-- The Texans converted 71 percent of their third-down chances, a season-high by far for them. They've only exceeded 50 percent success one other time this season (56 percent against Miami) and haven't converted better than 27 percent in the past three games. It was also the highest success rate the Colts defense has allowed all year. Their previous worst was 63 percent against Denver during a win earlier this year.

-- The Texans are now 5-10 and finish their season at home next week against the Browns.

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