Pagano’s Return Victorious
Houston Loses Third Game in Four Weeks
The Texans picked a bad time to start playing their worst football of the season. Houston traveled to Indianapolis to take on an extremely motivated and emotional Colts squad who enjoyed the return of their head coach Chuck Pagano. Pagano had been out since the beginning of the year battling leukemia, but thankfully he is 100% better and is leading a young and energized Colts team into the playoffs after winning only 2 games last year. Before the game, their was a tribute to Pagano’s successful victory over leukemia, and the Colts used that motivation to dominate the Texans in every aspect of the game. The Texans started off slow, but seemed to finally gain momentum when Shayne Graham kicked a field goal to put the Texans up 16-14 in the third quarter. However, the Colts immediately responded when Deji Karim returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to regain the lead 21-16. The Texans seemed to have one more chance to fight back when they put the Colts in a 3rd and 23 situation, but rookie QB Andrew Luck hooked up with another rookie T.Y. Hilton for a 70 yard TD pass. That TD essentially sealed the Texans playoff fate. A team that once looked like a sure #1 seed fell to a #3 seed thanks to terrible special teams all year, and a knack for giving up huge passing plays on defense. Matt Schaub threw for 275 yards, but had no TD’s and 2 INT’s. The highlight for the Texans was a 13 yard TD run by Arian Foster in which he paid tribute to Coach Pagano by tapping the CHUCKSTRONG sign in the Colts endzone. The Texans will play the Bengals in Houston on Saturday, while the Colts will travel to Baltimore to play the Ravens this Sunday.