Indianapolis 28, Houston 16

Sunday, December 30, 2012 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, December 30, 2012
WHERE: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
TEMPERATURE: DOME
HEAD OFFICIAL: Clete Blakeman
ATTENDANCE: 66957

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Houston 3 3 10 0 16
Indianapolis 7 7 7 7 28

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Houston 12-4 6-2 6-2 L2
Indianapolis 11-5 7-1 4-4 W2

Recap


Colts 28, Texans 16: Rookie Andrew Luck threw a pair of touchdown passes and host Indianapolis rode a wave of emotion in coach Chuck Pagano's return to the sideline to derail Houston's bid for a No. 1 overall seed and a first-round bye.

Deji Karim returned a kickoff 101 yards as the Colts (11-5), despite having nothing to play for, turned in an inspired effort in Pagano's first game back since undergoing three months of treatment for leukemia.

Luck's 70-yard scoring pass to fellow rookie T.Y. Hilton with 11:22 to play opened a 12-point lead and supplied the dagger for the Texans (12-4), who lost three of their final four and fell to 0-11 all-time in Indianapolis.

Matt Schaub threw for 276 yards and two interceptions for Houston, which held top spot in the AFC for nearly the entire season but slipped to No. 3 after Denver and New England both won later Sunday. The Texans will host sixth-seeded Cincinnati next week.

The Colts were already locked into the No. 5 seed and will play next week at Baltimore - the team from which they hired away Pagano in the offseason to be their head coach.

Pagano received a standing ovation and video tribute from the fans at Lucas Oil Field prior to kickoff and his players responded by going 75 yards on the opening drive, capped by Luck's 1-yard pass to Coby Fleener. The Colts briefly relinquished the lead in the third quarter as Houston scored 10 straight points, but Karim's burst up the middle untouched on the ensuing kickoff return to put Indianapolis ahead to stay.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Texans RB Arian Foster, who scored his league-best 17th TD overall and 15th on the ground, patted the "Chuckstrong" banner hanging at the back of the end zone after his third-quarter scoring run. ... Colts WR Reggie Wayne had four catches for 40 yards and extended his own league record with his 64th consecutive game with at least three receptions. ... Houston WR Andre Johnson had 12 receptions for 141 yards to tie New England's Wes Welker for the most 10-catch games in NFL history with 18. He also joined former Colts standout Marvin Harrison as the only players to register 100 receptions and 1,500 yards on three occasions.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Houston   Indianapolis
Arian Foster Player Vick Ballard
16 Attempts 27
96 Yards 78
6.0 Avg Yards 2.9
1 Touchdowns 1
39 Long 20
Receiving
Houston   Indianapolis
Andre Johnson Player T.Y. Hilton
12 Receptions 4
141 Yards 111
11.8 Avg Yards 27.8
0 Touchdowns 1
39 Long 70

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Houston 352 102 250 1 3 0 1.0 0
Indianapolis 265 81 184 4 0 2 4.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Indianapolis will play their next game on the road against Baltimore. The Colts have a W/L % of .688 after a win and .688 after a loss.
  • Houston will play their next game at home against Cincinnati. The Texans have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .750 after a loss.