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Indianapolis Colts ends the Houston Texans Season: 21-7

January 05, 2019 - 7:11 pm

HOUSTON, TX (SPORTSRADIO 610) - Playing a Wildcard game on a Saturday is normal for the Houston Texans, and they have fared well in the past with a 3-1 record. Entering this game felt different, though. Most "experts" predicted a tight game with the Texans and the Indianapolis Colts splitting the regular season matchups by three points.

The first drive of the game featured a familiar face, T.Y. Hilton. Andrew Luck found the wide receiver three times for 63-yards. Luck hit Eric Ebron for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 10:32 left in the first quarter. (7-0 Colts)

After the Texans first drive, a three and out, the Colts continued to move the ball down the field. Nine plays and 74-yards later, Marlon Mack bounced in and out of the end zone for the Colts second touchdown of the game. (14-0 Colts)

On fourth down of the Texans' second drive, Deshaun Watson threw his first interception in 217 passes. But Andrew Luck returned the favor six plays later when J.J. Watt tipped a pass at the line and allowed DE Brandon Dunn to record the first interception of his career. The Texans were not able to capitalize on the turnover and punted on their second three and out of the day. 

Andrew Luck seemed to have the Texans' defense figured out and sliced the secondary up for 57-yards and the Colts third touchdown of the day. (21-0 Colts)

In the most promising series of the game, the Houston Texans drove to the Indianapolis nine-yard line, failed to convert on the second fourth and one of the game, and turned the ball over to the Colts with 1:20 left in the second quarter. The Texans defense was able to survive and kept Andrew Luck from scoring as time ran out. (21-0 Colts)

The Texans received that ball to begin the second half, but not much changed. Connecting for two passes and then missing short on the next two throws forced the Texans to punt for the third time in the game. The Colts and the Texans traded six punts for the remainder of the third quarter with no scores. 

The Houston Texans started the fourth quarter with the ball, second and five, and on the 45-yard line. Nine plays later, Keke Coutee dove to the pylon for the Houston Texans first score of the day. (21-7 Colts)

With the crowd back into the game, the Houston Texans defense held the Colts and forced a punt with 7:59 left in the fourth quarter. The Texans took over on the 11-yard line.

On the first play, Watson rushed for 12-yards for the first down and then found Coutee for 14-yards for another first down. A few rushes by Watson moved the Texans into Colts territory. On fourth down and ten, Deshaun Watson threw a pass that fell to the ground with no Texans' player around. The Texans turned the ball over on downs and subsequently ended the 2018-19 season. 

The Colts drained the clock for the remainder of the of the clock to seal their win and a trip to Kansas City. 

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