Despite owning the better seed and hosting the Indianapolis Colts on Wild Card Weekend, the Houston Texans failed to click on offense and fell behind early, resulting in an elongation of the Colts’ postseason.
Indianapolis’ season started in similarly frustrating fashion with a 1-5 record out of the gate.
After that, though, they went 9-1 with the only loss coming at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars, 6-0, and snuck into the postseason with a No. 6 seed and a Wild Card denomination.
The Colts showed no signs of being an inferior team, however, and scored all 21 points, unanswered, in the first 24 minutes of the game, sending boo birds down upon the home team.
The previously named All-Pro edge rusher, J.J. Watt, could manage no penetration through the offensive line that quickly rose to the top of the league in sacks allowed over the year.
It was with that time that quarterback Andrew Luck was able to find his receivers and work his way down the field while also utilizing running back Melvin Mack who ran for a franchise playoff-record 148 yards.
On the opposite side of the ball, the other All-Pro for the Texans in DeAndre Hopkins was unable to shake free of his defenders, managing just five catches for 37 yards.
Additionally, Watson found it hard to stay in the pocket and deliver passes as he was getting pressured nearly every time as the Colts finished with eight quarterback hits and a trio of sacks for a net loss of 18 yards.
Houston finally found its way to the end zone late in the game on a drive that spanned over the end of the third quarter and into the beginning of the fourth quarter but it was Watson who found Keke Coutee from six yards out on third down to erase the goose egg on that side of the scoreboard.
Although the Texans got another possession after that, no progress was able to be made and it ultimately ended with a turnover on downs after they could not complete a first down and the Colts lined up in Victory Formation to bleed out the clock and advance to the next round of the playoffs.