By: Nick Pooler
Andrew Luck leads his Colts to the next round of the NFL playoffs. As they meet for the third time this year, the Colts get the upperhand in a 21-7 victory in Houston. The Texans were non-existent in the first half of this game as they were shut out 21-0 at the half. The Texans only had four first half posessions, the results were two punts, one interception and a turnover on downs. On the other hand, the Colts had five posessions which tallied for three touchdowns.
The first score came off of a 6-yard touchdown pass from Luck to his favorite redzone target Eric Ebron. Ebron was tied for second most receiving touchdowns in the regular season (13) as he was tied with Davante Adams and was two behind the leader, Antonio Brown (15). The next possesion took over 5 minutes where it was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown rush from Marlon Mack (24 carries, 148 yards, TD). The third score came midway through the 2nd quarter when Luck found Dontrelle Inman on a corner route from 18 yards out.
The Texans finally got on the board late in the 3rd quarter when Deshaun Watson found Keke Coutee (11 rec, 110 yards, TD) from 6 yards out to make it 21-7. That is where Houston’s luck would run out though. Yet again the Texans let down their fans come playoff time and now have some serious thinking to do about their coaching future.
The Colts will advance to next week where they will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round.
The biggest stars from this game included:
Keke Coutee (HOU)- 11 rec, 110 yards, TD
Andrew Luck (IND)- 19/32, 222 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Marlon Mack (IND)- 24 carries, 148 yards, TD
Darius Leonard (IND)- 13 tackles
Lamar Miller (HOU)- 5 carries, 18 yards
DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)- 5 rec, 37 yards
JJ Watt (HOU)- 2 tackles