Texans Beat Colts 20-17 In AFC South Showdown

With the win, Houston is atop the AFC South

Brandon Scott
November 21, 2019 - 8:45 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- The Texans scored 10 straight points to take a 20-17 lead they never relinquished against the Colts on Thursday night.

With the win, Houston is atop the AFC South, one game ahead of Indianapolis.

Houston's defense came up with a major stop with the Colts going for it on fourth down late in the fourth quarter. 

Jacoby Brissett dropped back to pass on 4th and 7, but no Colts receivers appeared to be open. Finally, Brissett stepped up and took off, but he was upended just short of the first down marker by Texans linebacker Brennan Scarlett. 

"It was a dogfight," Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said after the game. "I think in the end we did a good job in the fourth quarter possessing the ball. So very proud of the team and now we put ourselves in position to keep playing meaningful games and that's what you want to do."

DeAndre Hopkins scored both Texans touchdowns. He caught a 30-yard pass in the end zone from Deshaun Watson to give the Texans a fourth-quarter lead.

Earlier in the game, Hopkins and Watson connected on a 35-yard touchdown pass play.

Hopkins finished with six catches for 94 yards and the two scores. 

The Texans also received a huge comeback performance from Will Fuller V, who had not played since the last game against Indianapolis because of a hamstring injury. 

Fuller had seven catches for 140 yards, including a 51-yard chunk play which set up a Ka'imi Fairbairn field goal.

The Colts had been leading 17-10 at that point, but Fairbairn's 36-yard field goal cut the lead to 17-13 in the third quarter.

A 13-yard run by Jonathan Williams helped give the Colts a 17-10 lead in the third quarter.

The drive went 11 plays, 66 yards in 6:09. It started after the Texans turned the ball over on downs.

The game was tied at halftime.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Texans struck first with a 35-yard Fairbairn field goal in the second quarter. 

Then, after Deshaun Watson threw an interception to Colts cornerback Kenny Moore, Indy went the other way for the first touchdown drive of the game. 

Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett capped a seven-play, 42-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run. 

The Texans answered with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson to DeAndre Hopkins. Adam Vinatieri kicked a 36-yard field goal to end the half and tie the game at 10 points apiece.

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