Colts, Texans end overtime tied 20-20

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Matt Ryan rallied the Colts from a 20-3 fourth-quarter deficit and put them in position to win in overtime. But the usually reliable Rodrigo Blankenship missed a 42-yard field goal wide right with 1:57 remaining in the extra period.

The Texans and Colts left the field with a 20-20 tie.

Houston surely will feel like it gave the game away. The Texans led 20-6 when E.J. Speed sacked Davis Mills from the backside, forcing a fumble with 9:48 left. DeForest Buckner recovered at the Houston 20. Four plays later, Jonathan Taylor scored on a 2-yard run to draw within seven points.

After a Texans punt, the Colts drove 80 yards in seven plays.

Michael Pittman scored on a 15-yard reception from Ryan to tie the game with 1:54 left.

Ryan drove the Colts to the Houston 24, but Blankenship missed the kick. Blankenship also kicked two kickoffs out of bounds.

The Texans drove to the Indianapolis 47, but Rex Burkhead lost 2 yards on third down with 24 seconds left in overtime. They punted on fourth down, with fans booing Lovie Smith’s decision to play for the tie.

Mills finished 23-of-37 for 240 yards and two touchdowns.

Ryan was 32-of-50 for 352 yards with one touchdown, one interception and a lost fumble. He fumbled four times with the Colts recovering three.

Taylor rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries.

Jerry Hughes had two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and three tackles in his debut with the Texans.

7 responses to “Colts, Texans end overtime tied 20-20

  1. Texans got “Lovie Smith’d”. Early in 4th up 17 and 4th and 3 on Colts 34 Lovie decides to punt instead of kick a field goal attempt of 51-52 yds (game is indoors, Texans have a very good kicker). This would have meant Colts needed 3 TDs but Lovie played “not to lose”. This decision became very important on Colts next drive when on 4th and 5 they kicked a field goal instead of being forced to go for it. Very late in OT, on 3rd and 3 at 50 yd line Texans ran a “not to lose” run play and got stuffed and then decided to punt with 30 seconds to go (Texans, who have won 4 games in each of last two seasons playing “not to lose”, it’s nonsensical). Lovie again played “not to lose”. No one is saying Lovie needs to be Chargers coach Brandon Staley going for it on 4th and 2 on own 15, but nothing has changed with Lovie Smith. He plays “not to lose”, and he didn’t lose this game, but he didn’t win either. Texans got what they deserved with the Lovie Smith hire.

  2. Colts blow another season opener. What a surprise! (Not.) Perhaps it’s time for “nice guy” Reich to be shown the door. I realize the kicker was abysmal but c’mon, man! Get down 20-3 to the Texans? Wait till the Colts start playing the AFC West division teams. Can you say embarrassing? Season record – 6-11 at best. (And many “experts” were picking the Colts to win the AFC South.) Ridiculous.

  3. Wow that’s some bad coaching by Lovie, but I’m betting the tie feels more like a win for the Texans than the Colts. I’ve a hunch D. Mills will make a few more plays down the stretch in future games.

  4. Reich was trying to outshine Lovie for worst coach the entire game. Frank’s an absolute joke of a play caller.

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