AP Hilton wk 17 2012 AJ Mast

Instant Reaction: Just Like Old Times, Colts 28, Texans 16

Indianapolis Colts' T.Y. Hilton (13) reacts following a 70-yard touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

This is a quick synopsis.  We will have a full recap coming later this afternoon. 

Just like old times.  The Houston Texans have never won a game in Indianapolis (0-11), and they now hold the record for the most losses in a city without a victory, passing the Minnesota Vikings, who are 0-10 in…Indianapolis.

Today, in front of their home crowd, and celebrating the triumphant return of Head Coach Chuck Pagano from three months of leukemia treatment, there was no question the Colts would be buoyed by emotion. 

However, beating the Texans would still be a tall order for a young team ravaged by injuries.  The Colts would not be denied, and rode more than just emotion to a surprisingly convincing victory. 

Quick thoughts:

T.Y. Hilton was phenomenal, and he helped make up for what was kind of a tough outing for Reggie Wayne (4 catches on 12 targets). 

The defense came to play.   At one point, they were able to put together back-to-back stops around a three and out by the offense.  Very impressive. 

Vontae Davis.  Wow. 

Andrew Luck looked like a veteran against a very good defense, constantly changing his count and drawing the Texans offside. 

Overall, it was a great day to be a Colts fan.  Experts everywhere will say there is something wrong with the Texans, but the fact is, the Colts just beat a very good team. 

Stay tuned for a full recap, coming later today. 


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