Colts Lead Houston Texans, 23-20, Entering Fourth Quarter
INDIANAPOLIS – Early on, the Colts were efficient offensively, kicking field goals instead of scoring touchdowns.
That changed in the third quarter.
And in the third quarter, they were just, plain efficient.
The Colts, who entered the game seeking their first three-game winning streak of the season, scored touchdowns on each of their third-quarter possessions to turn a four-point halftime deficit into a 23-20 lead over the Houston Texans entering the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis Sunday afternoon.
The Colts took their first lead of the game early in the third quarter, with quarterback Peyton Manning passing 23 yards to running back Joseph Addai for a 16-13 Indianapolis lead.
On the third play of the ensuing series, Texans rookie running back Steve Slaton's 71-yard touchdown – the longest run in franchise history – gave Houston a 20-16 lead.
Indianapolis continued its efficiency on the ensuing drive, with Addai capping a seven-play, 80-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown for a 23-20 lead.