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Colts beat Texans 28-16, open door in AFC

The Colts' Andrew Luck yells to his teammates against Houston during an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Indiana Reuters

Chuck Pagano’s feeling better in more ways than one.

The Colts coach, in his return to the sidelines after his battle with leukemia, just watched his team beat the Texans 28-16.

The Colts battered the Texans from start to finish, with Andrew Luck’s 70-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton (on a third-and-23) clinching it.

The Colts, who improved from 2-14 last year to 11-5, didn’t have much to play for in terms of playoff seeding, they were already in as a wild card. But even though they have flaws that can be exploited in the playoffs, the emotional wave they’re on at the moment makes them a team you might not want to play.

The Texans fell to 12-4 with the loss, their third in their last four games. They could have sealed home field advantage through the AFC playoffs with a win, but now have to wait to see what the Broncos and Patriots do before they know if they even get a bye.

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22 Responses to “Colts beat Texans 28-16, open door in AFC”
  1. shenanigans24 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:11 PM

    So since Manning could only get the Colts to 10 wins last time he played and Luck got them to 11 I guess that means a rookie QB is better than Manning since that’s the game we play.

  2. electionconfidential says: Dec 30, 2012 4:13 PM

    The Colts owed Peyton a favor. I’d say this squares it.

  3. boyshole25 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:13 PM

    Wow good for them that’s a momentum building win

  4. bucrightoff says: Dec 30, 2012 4:14 PM

    The Gary Kubiak Story: How to go from 10-1 to fired in just over a month.

  5. overkongen says: Dec 30, 2012 4:17 PM

    Texans will never win in Indy. Not in a million years.

  6. ddogdaddy says: Dec 30, 2012 4:22 PM

    Never have and never will. The Texans cannot come to our house and expect to win. This one might be one that haunts them for a long time.

  7. papas88063 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:25 PM

    The Texans were lucky with the win that was given to them on Thanksgiving and barely getting by the Jags in OT. They showed their true colors this last moth.

  8. amaf21 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:29 PM

    nice job firing arians pittsburgh you fools.

  9. realfootballfan says: Dec 30, 2012 4:38 PM

    The Texans fell to 12-4 with the loss, their third in their last four games

    —–

    Not to mention almost losses to the Jaguars and barely beating the Bears 13-6.

    I’ve got the Texans getting beat next week along with the annual first round exit for the Falcons in 2 weeks.

    So much for all of those Texan fans saying the Super Bowl goes through Houston. Something about counting eggs before they hatch?

  10. ddogdaddy says: Dec 30, 2012 4:44 PM

    Where are the brainiacs now who said it was a mistake to bring Coach P back for the last game? Where are the experts who said the Colts can’t beat a team with a winning record? You got to believe the Ravens are going to know they are going to have a battle next week. How ever the season ends up, it has been a magical year. I am so proud to be a Colts fan. Go Blue.

  11. malvaren18 says: Dec 30, 2012 4:48 PM

    I think the Texans meant that the Super Bowl was going through Houston, towards Denver.

  12. dalucks says: Dec 30, 2012 4:58 PM

    The Texans should hire Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator and let him call the plays on gameday. Gary Kubiak is addicted to field goals and he is too conservative to win any big game. The Texans need to hire Chris Ault as the running game coordinator to improve the diversity and formation flexibility of the Texans running game. It is time for the Texans offense to get a makeover.
    I understand that some people will want Gary Kubiak fired and Matt Schaub released but Bob McNair will not do that because that would be admitting it was a mistake to give them those extensions last summer to people with 1 playoff appearance in 6 seasons. I am sure McNair does not want to pay people who are not on the roster given the limited cap space. Kubiak has definitely proven that he cannot be a head coach and call the plays on gameday.

  13. legacybroken says: Dec 30, 2012 6:13 PM

    If I was Houston, I’d be worried about facing that Mike Zimmer defense next week. I think they could be the unit that could wreck alot of havoc during a playoff run.

  14. mclovinib says: Dec 30, 2012 6:45 PM

    houston played their superbowl back in week 7 when they beat baltimore….havn’t been the same since…blew their wad..sleepwalking ever since…

  15. denverdude7 says: Dec 30, 2012 6:54 PM

    Houston,

    You have a problem.

    Sincerely,
    Bronco Nation

  16. cmgww says: Dec 30, 2012 6:55 PM

    Don’t let Pagano coach this one, they said, he will mess with the momentum, they said…. how did that turn out? If anything he helped, bc the Colts played their most complete game all season against the (former) top seeded team in the AFC. Defense (Pagano’s strength) played a lot better, special teams was excellent, and the offense played pretty well. They have more than a puncher’s chance to win @ Baltimore, esp. since their entire D line was out today. What a great season, and $40+ million to spend in the off season!

  17. nicepak381 says: Dec 30, 2012 7:16 PM

    Patriots Nation would like to extend a hearty thank-you to the Colts for helping us get a week off; good luck in Bal’more.

  18. donjuan1906 says: Dec 30, 2012 10:10 PM

    As a Cleveland Browns fan – cool to see your coach dancing after the game!

    Good luck to you guys in the playoffs!

  19. j0esixpack says: Dec 31, 2012 3:21 AM

    Kindof funny how a team just bad enough to ensure they’d get the #1 pick last year could rebound so strongly in nearly every aspect of the game this year

    I’m not saying the Colts TRIED to lose last season – but if they did, this is exactly how you would expect it to look.

  20. philrat says: Dec 31, 2012 6:34 AM

    Texans definitely need a better quarterback then Schaub to win a super bowl. It’s time to give TJ Yates a chance.

  21. dynasonic says: Dec 31, 2012 9:06 AM

    If you are rooting against the Colts then you are dead inside. A team full of rookies that all seem to have a firm grasp on the English Language. A HC that had the rug pulled out from under him after his 3rd NFL game only to return and beat the division leader in week 16. Pulling a recently fired Bruce Arians out of almost retirement and having him lead the team to a 9-3 record. They are going to make a movie about this season. It’s going to be called Hoosiers 2.

  22. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 31, 2012 10:30 AM

    Texans MAY win on Saturday… but they won’t go to New England and win.

    I honestly doubt they beat Cincy… This team can’t find the endzone. The defense has been ok, good enough to win, but the offense has been just terrible, ESPECIALLY in the red zone. 2 offensive TDs in 12 quarters.

    I used to be a HUGE Schuab defender but I’m losing my faith. After the endzone pick, I think I realized that he can’t win a Super Bowl…

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