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Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts 12/15/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes

Final Score: Indianapolis Colts 25, Houston Texans 3

December 15, 2013

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As part of the Week 15 action in the NFL, the Texans and Colts faced off in Indianapolis. For the Colts, it was a chance to improve their divisional record and carry some extra momentum into the playoffs. As for Houston, they were just trying to save some face after a pretty disastrous campaign. These two teams are very familiar with each other and usually post some pretty entertaining games. This one, however, was just about as one-sided as they come.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the stats and key players from the game so that we can get a better idea as to why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll take a look forward to Week 16 and see what’s in store for both teams.

What Happened: Indy got off to a pretty fast start here, which is something they’d failed to do over the previous half-dozen games or so. Andrew Luck struck first with a 14-yard pass TD to Griff Whalen to take an early lead. The Texans would muster a field goal later in the quarter to make it 7-3 after one.
In the second, The Colts really got going. They posted a TD sandwiched between two field goals in the quarter, with the score coming on a 9-yard TD pass to Trent Richardson. Indy held a 20-3 edge heading into halftime.
Defense ruled after the break, as the only third quarter scoring came on a Colts field goal and a safety courtesy of Indy’s front. The fourth quarter saw neither team scoring, and the final tally was a 25-3 Indianapolis win. It was the Colts’ biggest margin of victory since beating Jacksonville by 34 in late September. They’ve now gone 29 games without suffering two losses in a row.
The loss drops the Texans to 2-12, and it’s pretty clear to see that they just want their season over with. For the Colts, they’ll improve to 9-5 and have an outside shot at gaining some more ground in the conference rankings as the playoffs approach.

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts 12/15/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes

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The Stars: We’ll give Robert Mathis a shout-out here. He managed a sack and four tackles, which gives him 108 on his career--a new Colts record. He now also holds the season-high record as well, with 16.5 total this year. His effort was part of a defense that held Houston to just 239 yards.
Luck also had a decent game, with 180 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. He didn’t have to do much after halftime, thanks to a good effort from Trent Richardson. He had 19 carries for 64 yards, and another 38 and a score on four grabs.
For the Texans, Ben Tate ended up with a solid statistical outing, with 92 total yards on 19 touches.

The Goats: Case Keenum was once again ineffective, and Houston’s QB woes continue. He notched just 168 yards and a pair of interceptions on 18-of-34 passing for a 42.3 rating. Keenum didn’t get much help from his O-line, though; he was sacked four times.
Another big area where the Texans struggled was penalties. They racked up 14 fouls for 114 yards in a sloppy outing.

Injuries: Indy has some injury issues heading into next week. In addition to their hurting O-line, they’ve now got to worry about Donald Brown, who left the game.
As for Houston, they were missing a pair of players (Garrett Graham and T.J. Yates).

Outlook: Let’s look ahead to Week 16, shall we? The Texans will have another tough one on tap. They’ll be welcoming in the Broncos on Sunday (December 22, 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
As for the Colts, they’ll get a tough one themselves as they travel to KC to take on the Chiefs (December 22, 1:00 PM ET on CBS).

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