Houston Texans contain Luck and Colts, clinch AFC South Title

The Houston Texans had a chance on Sunday to do accomplish something’s  no other Texans team had done in the past. They had a chance to take their win total to 12 games which would be a franchise record and also clinch their 2nd straight AFC South title with a win over the Indianapolis Colts. After losing to the Patriots the previous game in blowout fashion the Texans were looking to rebound against a 9-4 divisional rival. With so much at stake the Texans needed to win this game to stay ahead of the Patriots and Broncos in terms of playoff seeding. The goal to end the regular season is making every playoff game a home game by securing the #1 seed. With standout performances from a player in every phase of the game even special teams, the Texans were able to come away with a 27-19 win on Sunday at Reliant Stadium.

Houston Texans HC Gary Kubiak getting a Gatorade shower during the AFC South clinching game against the Colts on Sunday.

Houston Texans HC Gary Kubiak getting a Gatorade shower during the AFC South clinching game against the Colts on Sunday.

The mission of the game for the Houston Texans offense on Sunday was to get out to a early lead and use what they’ve used all year long to secure wins, the running game. QB Matt Schaub was on a roll in the during this game after struggling against the Patriots the previous week. Schaub, who wanted to get the offense going early and keep his foot on the pedal most of the game ended the game with 261 yards passing and 1 TD on 23 of 31 attempts. Of the 261 yards Schaub threw for, WR Andre Johnson had 151 of those yards on 11 catches in the game and the lone TD thrown by Schaub.  Johnson’s been in the league since 2002, and  hit the 11,000 yards receiving against the Colt on Sunday. Andre is now 28th all time in yards with 11,016 and trails only Randy Moss, Reggie Wayne, and Steve Smith among active players in the NFL. After the game Johnson had this to say about the accomplishment: “It’s big. I don’t really keep up with stats. It’s a great accomplishment.” RB Arian Foster who’s been struggling to get going the last 2 weeks finally broke loose against the Indy this week racking up 165 yards on 27 carries. Foster has had success against the Colts in past years, this was his 4th 100 yard game against them since his arrival in 2009.

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson made history on Sunday getting to the 11,000 yards receiving mark against Indy.

The Texans defense was back to form against a Colts team that has been rolling all season long. As a team the Texans were very disruptive on Sunday recording 5 sacks and getting a fumble recovery on the goal line in the 1st quarter. DPOY candidate JJ Watt ended the game with 3 sacks to bring himself to a tie for the league lead and is now only 3 sacks away from the all time mark set by Micheal Strahan. The defense held BQ Andrew Luck to 186 yards passing in the game but did give up a big day to Colts RB Vick Ballard as he recorded 105 on 18 carries. The Texans defense was primed to stop Luck and these speedy, young, and quick WR’s and did the job quite well. The Texans offense only put 1 TD on the board against the Colts on Sunday, but thanks to special teams stand out Bryan Braman and his blocked punt returned for a TD the Texans were able to get some points on the boards other ways on Sunday. Braman who’s been great all year on special teams has done almost everything a special teams player can do during a season except return a kick for TD for the Texans this season.

Houston Texans DE JJ Watt getting 1 of his 3 sacks on Andrew Luck on Sunday at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Houston Texans DE JJ Watt getting 1 of his 3 sacks on Andrew Luck on Sunday at Reliant Stadium in Houston.