Texans Playoff Bye Hopes Dashed


When Houston lost starting quarterback Matt Schaub, after already losing stars, Mario Williams and Andre Johnson, they knew it was going to be extremely difficult to maintain the consistent play that won their division. However giving up a last minute drive to Dan Orlovsky and the pathetic Indianapolis Colts, was almost incomprehensible.

The Texans began this game as they had many this season, with a dominant running game led by Arian Foster. After recovering a fumble by Orlovsky in Indy territory, the Texans were able to score a touchdown on a run by Foster, who finished the day with 158 yards and a touchdown. After starting the game with a touchdown Houston was forced to settle for field goals fro the rest of the game, which was ultimately their undoing.

The teams traded field goals and went into the half with the Texans leading 10-6.

The second half picked up where the first ended with four more field goals being traded by the two teams. After Neil Rackers hit his third field goal of the game giving Houston a 16-12 lead with just a minute and fifty six seconds remaining it looked like the Texans were well on their way to another division win. However it was not to be, with Orlovsky hitting Reggie Wayne on several key plays and eventually the game winning touchdown.

Houston lost their opportunity of getting a first round bye in the playoffs and will be locked into the three seed come next week when they face the Tennessee Titans.

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