Monday, November 04, 2013
2013 Texans Watch-Arrgh, Another Loss
The Texans were on NBC's Sunday Night Football in a pressure packed Battle Red Night matchup against their AFC South rivals the Indianapolis Colts (5-2) at Reliant Stadium. They had to win this game to have any shot at making the NFL playoffs or else.
Case Keenum was making his second start overall and first in front of the home crowd and didn't disappoint. After taking the opening kickoff on the third play of the game Keenum threw a perfectly placed 62 yard bomb that caught a wide open Andre Johnson in stride for his (unbelievably) first touchdown of the season.
The Texans built a 21-3 halftime lead as the Keenum to Johnson connection did major damage to the Colts in the first half. Johnson headed into the locker room after a monster first half with seven catches for 190 yards and three receiving touchdowns.
As both teams headed to the locker room, Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the sidelines and was taken to one of the nearby Med Center hospitals for observation.
With Wade Phillips acting as the interim head coach, the Texans pushed the lead to 24-6 before the Colts started making another one of their patented comebacks behind Houston homeboy Andrew Luck. The Colts scored 21 unanswered second half point to take their first lead with four minutes left in the fourth quarter on a 9 yard Luck pass to TY Hilton.
Texan kicker Randy Bullock had a chance to send the game into overtime with a 55 yarder on the last play of the game, but missed it wide left for his third missed field goal of the contest and another gut wrenching loss.
Keenum was 24-30 for 350 yards and three TD's with once again ZERO interceptions, but unfortunately the Texans sixth straight loss dropped them to 2-6 and probably for all intents and purposes out of playoff contention.
They head to Arizona next week to play the Cardinals and attempt once again to end the longest losing streak since the rock bottom 2-14 season in 2005.