The Colts, the all-time Texans nemesis, came to NRG Stadium to open the 2010 season with a 15-1 lifetime record against the home team.
The series the year before yielded two frustrating losses: A blown 17-point lead at home and a missed field goal at the buzzer in Indy that would have tied the contest. The year before that was the ‘Rosencopter’ game. You get the idea.
Houston was coming of its first winning season and there was optimism of more success. But the running back situation looked iffy. Ben Tate was drafted but lost for the season in a preseason game. Steve Slaton, who led the AFC in yards from scrimmage in ’08, wasn’t the same player due to injuries.
That left second-year back Arian Foster, who shinned the last two games of ’09, to carry the load.
Foster went off on opening day. The zone running scheme, complete with dynamite cut back runs from Foster, dominated the Colts defense.
Foster ran for a team-record 231 yards and three touchdowns. The Texans built a 17-point lead and rode it into the finish. It was a fantastic day to be at the stadium, seeing Houston beat Indy for only the second time.
The Texans would start 4-2 but lost close games down the stretch, including a Hail Mary that beat them in Jacksonville. But no one will ever forget the day that Foster ran wild and the Texans stiff-armed Peyton Manning and the Colts.