Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans 11/3/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Indianapolis Colts 27, Houston Texans 24
November 3, 2013
The Week 9 installment of “Sunday Night Football” featured a pair of AFC South teams looking to make a primetime statement within their division. The Colts were coming in off a bye, but no one really knew what to expect after the season-ending loss of No. 1 WR Reggie Wayne in Week 7. The Texans, meanwhile, have had their share of struggles this season and needed a big divisional win to get their season back on track. These two teams always seem to play each other well, and this game was no different.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and statistics from the game so that we can figure out why things happened the way they did. Afterward, we’ll glance forward to Week 10 to see what’s coming up for both teams.
What Happened: Early on, it looked like the Texans would run away with this one. Superstar WR Andre Johnson came alive during the first half, posting three touchdowns (his first of the season) from young QB Case Keenum. The Texans defense kept Colts QB Andrew Luck in check, holding the offense to a field goal.
Houston went to the locker room with a 21-3 halftime lead, but while heading off the field, coach Gary Kubiak collapsed at the 24-yard line. He was reportedly feeling lightheaded and dizzy. Kubiak was taken to a local hospital and is stable. A heart attack was ruled out, but the team hasn’t specifically reported on his ailment.
That episode seemed to take the wind out of the Texans’ sails, as they weren’t the same team after the break. Luck came alive in the passing game, tossing three TD scores to his new No. 1 WR T.Y. Hilton. Houston got close enough to try and force overtime, but kicker Randy Bullock missed a 55-yarder as the clock ran out.
Indianapolis earned the improbable victory 27-24, improving to 6-2 on the year. The Texans drop their sixth straight and fall to 2-6.
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The Stars: The completion percentage isn’t anything to get excited about, but Luck got the job done. He posted an 18-of-40 line for 271 yards and the three scores to Hilton, who accounted for 121 yards on seven grabs.
On the other side, Keenum ended up with a 20-of-34 line for 350 yards and the three scores to Johnson, and he posted a beastly 229 yards on nine receptions.
Ben Tate also did pretty well, considering his four broken ribs. He managed 81 yards on 22 carries.
The Goats: Bullock will shoulder the majority of the blame here, as he missed three field goals on the night. Even one of those would have made a huge difference. To his credit, the misses were all pretty long: 49, 43 and 54 yards.
Indianapolis’ Trent Richardson had another ho-hum game. He managed just 20 yards rushing on eight attempts. Richardson did get involved a little bit in the passing game, however, with two grabs for 33 yards.
Injuries: Part of Houston’s futility in the second half could be attributed to the loss of Arian Foster, who came out with a back injury in the first quarter. He had been fighting a nagging hamstring all last week.
Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey was evaluated for a concussion, but reportedly does not have one.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 10, the Colts will get a Midwest matchup by playing host to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. (1:00 PM ET.)
As for the Texans, they’ll stay relatively close to home as well. They’ve got a road trip to Arizona on tap Sunday. (4:25 PM ET.)
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