The Houston Texans, on a third-and-one play, had a chance at getting the ball back with enough time to go down the field and kick a game-tying field goal to force the Indianapolis Colts into overtime. However, the Colts played a hard count to draw the Texans’ defense offsides; they got the first down and sealed the victory.
It would once again be defensive end Jadeveon Clowney who would leap offsides, which he is known to do often, and give the Colts exactly what they were looking for—their fifth win in six games. In the game, Clowney only recorded two tackles against Indianapolis.
The Texans’ run defense was stellar in the game, only allowing 50 rushing yards on 23 carries and one touchdown. It was the pass defense that struggled, allowing quarterback Andrew Luck to throw 27-for-41 on the day with 399 passing yards and two touchdowns. The only positive from the pass defense was the interception that safety Andre Hal got.
The Texans offense was average, with less production from the running game than usual. Starting quarterback Deshaun Watson was the leading rusher in the game with five carries for 35 yards and no touchdowns. Running back Lamar Miller would come second with 14 carries for 33 yards and one rushing touchdown.
Watson had a good performance through the air, going 27-for-38 for 267 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
With the loss, the Texans sit still at the number three seed in the AFC. With a win, the Texans would have moved up to the second seed in the conference, thanks to a walk-off lateral touchdown play for the Miami Dolphins to defeat the New England Patriots 34-33. The Texans have one more division game, Week 17 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at noon on Dec. 30 at NRG Stadium for the final home game of the season.
The Texans now must regroup from their first loss since Week 3 and get ready to face the New York Jets. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at MetLife Stadium for a chance to win the AFC South for the fifth time in franchise history.
*Stats courtesy of NFL.com