The Houston Texans controlled their own fate and threw it to the wind. If the Texans won they would win the number one seed in the AFC, now if the New England Patriots win, the Texans could slide to the third seed if Denver also wins.
The return of Chuck Pagano sent an inspired Indianapolis Colts team into battle with nothing to gain playoff standing wise, but they wanted to win badly for their coach.
Matt Schaub was under constant pressure and the Texans offense never got untracked as the Colts defense held the high powered unit in check. Schaub threw for 275 yards with 2 interceptions and 0 touchdowns but the inability to convert touchdowns killed Houston.
As the Texans were kicking field goals, the Colts used a balanced attack that set up a 70 yard touchdown by T.Y. Hilton that became the game breaker putting the Colts up 28-16.
The Colts then went on a game killing drive fueled by rookie running back Vic Ballard who ran through the tired Texans defense to seal the deal. If the Texans fall to the third seed, they will be playing next week instead of a much needed week off.