The Indianapolis Colts today made a huge statement win over division rival Houston Texans. The Texans had everything to play for while the Colts had nothing to do but show up and ride it out. I questioned all week and throughout today why play the starters if I’m the Colts. The Texans needed to win to secure home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs while the Colts had the fifth seed wrapped up. If Houston lost which they did, they likely will fall out of a first round bye and now have to host a first round game in the wildcard round and have to go on the road for the divisional round.
No one gave the Colts much of a chance as the Texans just beat them by 12 points two weeks ago and thought Houston would win for the first time in franchise history at Indianapolis. What the Colts did today was silence the doubters and show they’re not going to be an easy out in the playoffs.
Indianapolis capitalized on all three phases of the ball with Vontae Davis picking off Texans quarterback Matt Schaub two times and Deji Karim returning a kickoff 102 yards in the third quarter. Add that to Andrew Luck being highly effective and the offense doing everything right and this team made a huge statement.
The biggest statement didn’t of the day though didn’t come until the fourth quarter when the Colts were facing 3rd and very long and Luck hit fellow rookie T.Y. Hilton on a 70-yard touchdown toss to give the Colts a 28-16 lead. That was the moment we will point to if the Colts make it to the AFC Championship Game or even New Orleans for the Super Bowl. The Colts had nothing to gain and could have just rode off, but that moment showed no quit and they could battle with the big boys.
The win now not only puts the Colts in conversation for a Super Bowl run, but for many AFC South division titles over the next several years as they’ve beat the division winner Texans at home the last two years.