Down 17 points late in the first half, the Colts answered with a 14-3 run that gave Indianapolis another comeback attempt in the fourth quarter.
Hilton’s 61-yard touchdown catch
The scene: Down 20-3 with 1:46 to go in the second quarter, the Colts took over at their own 26-yard line following a 30-yard kick return by running back Deji Karim.
The anatomy of the drive: Two plays, for 71 yards in 0:39. Needing a score just prior to halftime to reverse momentum, the Colts turned to their big play rookie to trim the deficit.
Key play: It was only a two-play drive but a 13-yard completion to wide receiver Donnie Avery got things started. The completion was just the sixth of the first half for quarterback Andrew Luck and it led to…
The score: From the Indianapolis 39-yard line, the Colts lined up with trips to the left, and short, side of the field with wide receiver T.Y. Hilton in the middle of the trio. After taking the shotgun snap, Luck stepped up in the pocket and slid to his left to allow for a clear throwing lane. Hilton had gotten behind the secondary with the attention focused on underneath route by wide receiver Reggie Wayne, who was lined up to the right of Hilton at the snap. Luck laid the ball perfectly into Hilton’s arms for his fourth touchdown pass of at least 40 yard this season.
Allen’s eight-yard touchdown catch
The scene: Down 23-10 with 7:33 to play, the Colts took over following a Shayne Graham field goal and a touchback from the Texans kicker.
The anatomy of the drive: Eight plays, for 80 yards in 5:01. The drive included six first downs with all the production coming via the Colts rookies.
Key play: It was not one particular play, instead it was five Vick Ballard’s runs that equated to 60 yards on the drive. Ballard had runs of 15, 9, 1, 12 and 23 yards, the last of which set up the Colts with a first-and-goal at the Houston eight-yard line.
The score: The Colts bunched tight end Coby Fleener, tight end Dwayne Allen and wide receiver Reggie Wayne in order near the right side of the line of scrimmage. On the snap, Fleener and Wayne ran their routes to the right with Allen settling just prior to the goal line. Luck found Allen for the completion, which gave the rookie quarterback his 20th touchdown pass of the season.
Tags: Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener, dwayne allen, T.Y. Hilton, vick ballard
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