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Colts stun Houston with late TD, 19-16

Indianapolis Colts' Reggie Wayne makes a catch in front of Houston Texans' Kareem Jackson during the fourth quarter Thursday in Indianapolis. Indianapolis won 19-16. Associated Press.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Reggie Wayne will always remember Thursday night's catch.

The man with the expiring contract caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Dan Orlovsky with 19 seconds left, giving the Colts their only lead of the game in a 19-16 victory over AFC South champion Houston 19-16.

It's the second straight win for the Colts (2-13), who will now have to fight off St. Louis and Minnesota for the No. 1 overall draft pick. Orlovsky, who played the last two seasons with Houston, also won his second straight game after losing his first nine NFL starts.

Houston was in a position to come to Indianapolis and simply tune up for the postseason.

Not a chance.

The Texans looked anything but playoff-ready. They settled for two field goals in the red zone, didn't convert a third down until getting a lucky bounce late in the fourth quarter, its running game was stymied late and the defense helped the Colts with three penalties on the decisive drive.

Houston (11-4) is now 0-10 in Indianapolis and still hunting for a first-round bye.

Brian Cushing broke through the line on the game's first play, sacking Orlovsky and stripping the ball. Arian Foster ran for 8 yards on the next play, then scored on a 9-yard burst off the left side to give Houston a 7-0 lead.

Colts 19, Texans 16

Houston 10 0 3 3--16

Indianapolis 3 3 3 10--19


Hou--Foster 9 run (Rackers kick), 14:06.

Ind--Vinatieri 23 FG, 4:38.

Hou--Rackers 44 FG, 2:01.


Ind--Vinatieri 32 FG, 3:36.


Hou--Rackers 35 FG, 10:25.

Ind--Vinatieri 47 FG, :54.


Ind--Vinatieri 31 FG, 6:48.

Hou--Rackers 31 FG, 1:56.

Ind--Wayne 1 pass from Orlovsky (Vinatieri kick), :19.


Hou Ind

First downs 14 24

Total Net Yards 283 320

Rushes-yards 31-171 32-95

Passing 112 225

Punt Returns 3-16 1-20

Kickoff Returns 1-33 1-17

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 13-16-0 23-41-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 4-20 3-19

Punts 6-42.2 5-41.8

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1

Penalties-Yards 11-84 4-35

Time of Possession 27:05 32:55

Individual statistics

RUSHING--Houston: Foster 23-158, Jones 1-15, Tate 6-(minus 1), Yates 1-(minus 1). Indianapolis: Addai 19-59, D.Brown 11-35, Orlovsky 1-2, Carter 1-(minus 1).

PASSING--Houston: Yates 13-16-0-132. Indianapolis: Orlovsky 23-41-0-244.

RECEIVING--Houston: Dreessen 4-38, Walter 3-47, Foster 3-16, Jones 2-27, Daniels 1-4. Indianapolis: Wayne 8-106, Garcon 6-50, Collie 3-49, D.Brown 2-13, Eldridge 2-8, Tamme 1-10, Addai 1-8.

MISSED FIELD GOALS--Indianapolis: Vinatieri 42 (WL).