The Colts looked to stop the Texans Sunday in Houston, but wound up getting a lesson, falling 29-17 to lose out on the AFC South for a 2nd straight year.
Matt Schaub threw a touchdown pass to Andre Johnson, Arian Foster gained 165 yards on 27 carries and the Texans shook off a humbling beatdown at New England last week.
Schaub ended with 261 yards on 23-of-31 efficiency for the Texans (12-2), who rebounded from Monday night’s 42-14 loss to capture their second straight AFC South title.
Johnson made 11 catches for 151 yards.
Houston moved the ball, amassing 417 yards, but scored only one offensive touchdown. Shayne Graham kicked five field goals in Houston’s third consecutive win at home against the Colts.
“I liked the way we got back to what we are as a football team today, protecting the ball, running the ball, playing solid defense,” said Texans coach Gary Kubiak.
Luck had two touchdown passes, but the Houston native was held to 186 yards on a season-low 13 completions in 27 attempts.
“They did a great job defensively of never letting us establish a rhythm or get in a rhythm,” Luck said.
It was a lesson for the Colts, and one that hopefully next season they will learn from. They will still be a team in the postseason, and you never know what can happen from there.
Next week the Colts are at Kansas City to play the Chiefs.