The scene: Down 24-6, the Colts took over at their own 22-yard line with 4:18 left in the third quarter.
The anatomy of the drive: 13 plays, for 78 yards in 4:20.
Key play: It’s a play that probably won’t be remembered after the week but considering the circumstances, a one-yard completion to
The score: The 13-play drive concluded with the Colts facing a third-and-goal from the 10-yard line. With an extra offensive lineman (
T.Y. Hilton’s 58-yard touchdown catch
The scene: Down 24-12, the Colts took over at their own 33-yard line with 10:32 to go in the fourth quarter.
The anatomy of the drive: 2 plays, for 67 yards in 0:46.
Key play: Last year
The score: The Colts came out with a trips receiver set to the wide side of the field (right side), as Hilton was the furthest receiver from the line of scrimmage. It was all speed by Hilton on the snap as he sprinted past the entire Texans secondary. Luck, who hung in the pocket before taking a hit from J.J. Watt, found him in stride for the 58-yard touchdown reception, his third score of at least 58 yards in three career games against the Texans.
T.Y. Hilton’s 9-yard touchdown catch
The scene: Down 24-19, the Colts took over at their own 48-yard line with 6:09 left in the fourth quarter.
The anatomy of the drive: 6 plays, for 52 yards in 2:09.
Key play: After missing on their first eight third-down attempts, the Colts converted four in a row with a 17-yard reception by
The score: The Whalen catch pushed the Colts into Houston territory and two plays later the offense had a second-and-eight from the Texans nine-yard line. It was another trips set to the wide side of the field (right side) but this time Luck was in the slot with Whalen and Brazill flanking him to the right. On the snap, Whalen and Brazill ran drag routes towards the middle of the field while Hilton settled into the right flat, going underneath his fellow receivers. Houston cornerback Johnathan Joseph got slowed down trying to run with Hilton and that allowed the Colts speedy receiver to make a move after catching the short pass and juke the Pro Bowl corner into the end zone for the game winning score.