The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

December 27, 2012

Colts/Texans Game Capsule


The game -- Houston Texans (12-3, 5-0) at Indianapolis Colts (10-5, 3-2 AFC South), 1 p.m. (ET), Lucas Oil Stadium (FieldTurf), Indianapolis, IN.

Coverage -- CBS Sports (Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf); Colts Radio Network (Bob Lamey, Will Wolford, Kevin Lee); Sirius NFL Radio (Channel 85, Colts; Channel 128, Texans); XM NFL Radio (Channel 230, Colts); Dial Global Radio Sports (Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli, Scott Graham).

The coaches -- Colts: Chuck Pagano (10-5, 1st year with Indianapolis). Texans: Gary Kubiak (59-52, 7th year with Houston).

The series -- 22nd regular-season meeting. Colts lead series, 17-4. Indianapolis is 10-0 against the Texans in home games. The Colts are 7-4 against Houston in games played at Reliant Stadium. Indianapolis has posted victories in eight of the last 11 and four of the last seven meetings. The Texans, however, have won the last three matchups played at Reliant Stadium (9/12/10, 34-24; 9/11/11, 34-7; 12/16/12, 29-17). The Colts have not won at Reliant Stadium since 11/29/09 (35-27). Two of Indianapolis' four series losses have been by 10 or fewer points (12/24/06, 27-24; 9/12/10, 34-24). Indianapolis and Houston split their home-and-home season series last year, the Texans winning 34-7 at Reliant Stadium in the 2011 regular-season opener and the Colts registering a 19-16 victory on 12/22/11. Indianapolis won last year's game at home when former Colts QB Dan Orlovsky threw a 1-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Wayne with 19 seconds in the game to complete the come-from-behind victory. The Colts lost this year's first meeting 29-17 as Texans QB Matt Schaub completed 23-of-31 passes for 261 yards and a TD. WR Andre Johnson had 11 catches for 151 yards and a TD. RB Arian Foster netted 165 yards on 27 carries. DE J.J. Watt was unblockable for the Texans (10 tackles, three sacks, six tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and a forced fumble). Rookie RB Vick Ballard had his first career 100-yard rushing game vs. the Texans (105 yards in 18 carries) for Indianapolis. Rookie QB Andrew Luck completed 13-of-27 passes for 186 yards and two TDs in the loss.

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