The Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts meet on Sunday in Week 9 for the 31st time, all in the regular season. The Colts lead the all-time series with a 23-7 record.
Last season, the Texans swept the season series. They won at NRG Stadium in Week 6 before winning at Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 14.
Here are the three best moments in the Texans-Colts rivalry.
#1 Colts rally late for victory
The Colts scored 21 points in the final four and a half minutes of the third quarter to defeat the Texans 31-27 in Week 5 of the 2008 season. The Texans scored 27 straight points from the second quarter until the midway point of the fourth quarter to turn a 10-deficit into a 17-point lead.
With 8:11 left in the fourth quarter, the Colts got the ball at their own 19-yard and proceeded to march down the field for a short touchdown pass from quarterback Peyton Manning to tight end Tom Santi with 4:10 left. The Colts tried an onside kick, but could not recover the kick.
The Texans ran the ball on first and second down forcing the Colts to use two timeouts. On third down and eight yards to go, Texans quarterback Sage Rosenfels ran around the left end and was tackled by defensive lineman Raheem Brock and cornerback Marlin Jackson. Brock knocked the ball out of Rosenfels arms and linebacker Gary Brackett picked it up and ran 68-yard for a touchdown. After the extra point was converted, the Colts trailed by three points with 3:36 left in the game.
The Texans got the ball on a touchback but turned it over on another Rosenfels fumble. This time on a sack at the 20-yard line. Colts defensive lineman Robert Mathis recovered the ball with 2:36 left.
Running back Joseph Addai ran the ball on first down for 15 yards setting up a first-and-goal at the two-minute warning. On the next play, Manning tossed a pass to Reggie Wayne for a touchdown with 1:47 left in the game.
Wide receiver Andre Davis returned the ensuing kickoff to the 27-yard line. One play after getting the ball across midfield, Rosenfels threw an interception to Melvin Bullitt with 42 seconds remaining.
Manning took three kneel-downs and the clock ran out.
#2 Texans get their first win in the rivalry
After dropping the first nine meetings of the rivalry, the Texans finally got in the win column in the rivalry with a 27-24 victory in Week 16 of the 2006 season.
Running back Ron Dayne scored a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter to give the Texans a 14-0 lead. Manning got the Colts back into the game and tied with touchdown passes to wide receivers Marvin Harrison in the first quarter and Aaron Moorehead in the second quarter. Texans fullback Vonta Leach caught a three-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Carr with 16 seconds left in the first half to put the Texans back in front.
Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri got the only points of the third quarter with a 33-yard field goal. Texans kick Kris Brown got those three points back with a 42-yard field goal in the middle of the fourth quarter. Manning tossed another scoring pass to Harrison with 2:41 to tie the game at 24-24.
The Texans got the ball at their own 39-yard line following the ensuing kickoff but took their second timeout of the half before first down. Dayne and Carr combined to get the Texans down to the Colts 33-yard line with three seconds left after using their final timeout. The Colts took their first time before Brown’s 48-yard attempt to “ice” him. However, the kicker nailed the kick as time expired on the clock.
#3 The rivalry reaches social media
The oddest moment in the short AFC South rivalry came on Twitter. The two teams had a small spat on the social media site in August 2016.
It all started when EA Sports Madden NFL’s Twitter account included the Colts in the AFC North instead of the South. The Colts caught the error and pointed it out. The Madden account deleted the incorrect tweet and sent out a correct one, including a graphic with the team’s ratings (a 78 overall mark).
The Texans account saw the image and replied to the other two accounts with an image of their rating, which is 81 overall.
The Colts ended the Twitter spat by replying with an image of all the games played between the two teams. The image shows the Colts 23-5 record against the Texans, nine season-series sweep by the Colts and no season series sweep for the Texans.
However, the Texans got the last laugh by sweeping that season’s series and now have won three straight over the Colts.
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