Final Score: Texans 16, Colts 10.
Not too many are going to remember that the tandem of T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden were the two quarterbacks that led the Houston Texans to the franchise's first-ever victory against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis.
Nor are too many going to remember that it was Alfred Blue's 107 yards on 20 carries that gave the offense a lifeline throughout the game.
Not even DeAndre Hopkins' 94 yards on eight catches will stick with many fans years from now.
They're just going to remember that it finally happened because not much else did.
It was an ugly, sloppy win against a team that just isn't very good. But that's just par for the course for a division full of teams that just aren't very good.
Ultimately it was a strong, suffocating performance by Romeo Crennel's defense that secured the victory for the Texans, breaking Indianapolis' 13-game winning streak against the Texans that spanned back to the RCA Dome.
J.J. Watt had a quiet game (4 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 TFL), still clearly hampered by his broken hand. Whitney Mercilus picked up some of the slack, terrorizing Matt Hasselbeck with mutliple hits and sacking him once. The 40-year-old Colts quarterback was temporarily knocked out of the game thanks to a Mercilus hit.
Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson and the rest of the secondary kept the speedy duo of T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief to a combined eight catches for 80 yards on 12 targets. It was Joseph's 4th quarter forced fumble on Greg Whalen that helped seal the victory for the Texans.
Benedict Arnold-re Johnson was held to a meager 32 yards on three catches.
Alfred Blue's performance improved as the game progressed, redeeming an early fumble that lead to the Colts' first points of the game. It was the first time the second-year running back eclipsed 100 yards since Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It wasn't quite the revenge-fueled carnage Texans fans were hoping to see against the hated Indianapolis Colts, but it was enough. Though they aren't likely to make much noise in the playoffs (should they finish strong these next two weeks), there's something to be said of the benefits of building a winning culture, draft positioning be damned. Make a habit of winning and maybe winning will become a habit, as it has for other franchises.
And there was no way for Bill O'Brien to legitimately build that habit without first finding a way to leave Indianapolis with a victory.
No matter how they got there, the Texans are in first place and firmly in control of their own destiny. Man, this feels good.
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