Found December 28, 2012 on Football Nation:
On December 16th the Houston Texans gave the Colts a 29-17 beatdown in front of a large crowd at Reliant Stadium. Their win propelled them into the division title and a shot at the number one seed in the AFC playoff picture. When the two teams meet again for the season finale in Indianapolis on Sunday there will be a different atmosphere to the game. Both teams would like a win but the playoff seeding for the Colts will not change, so the Texans need the win more. Here are three things to expect on Sunday from this matchup against the bitter division rivals.1. In the first meeting J.J. Watt had three sacks on rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts have fixed their offensive line mistakes and will compensate this against the forerunner for defensive player of the year. Watt will not have a single sack on the day, thus losing out on Michael Strahan's sack record.2. In the last several games, including last week's loss to the Vikings, the Texans have been defensively exposed...
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