Tom Savage started his second game of the 2017 season following a season-ending injury to Deshaun Watson last week. Savage was 19-of-44 for 219 yards and one touchdown in the Texans 20-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. While he gained momentum in the second half, Savage was unable to get a win in his second start of the year.
"It's the most frustrating part of it is the fact that there's nothing they were doing that we weren't prepared for," Savage said. "The coaches did a great job coaching us up. It's probably the most frustrating game of my life. It's just one of those deals that I just wasn't making the throws and guys were open."
Savage threw his first career touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Trailing 20-7 with 6:11 remaining in the game, Savage connected with DeAndre Hopkins on the 34-yard score to cap off a six-play, 75-yard scoring drive.
The fourth-year quarterback nearly pulled off another touchdown drive but fell short at the Indianapolis 7-yard line as the game ended on strip sack on fourth down.
"I don't think confidence was never an issue and never will be an issue for me," Savage said. "We were moving the ball. We went down there. Obviously, you don't want to be in the fourth-down situation. I could probably do a better job of stepping up in the pocket instead of taking a strip sack. Ultimately I was going to 10 (DeAndre Hopkins). It's just frustrating."
The Texan began their final drive at the Houston 20-yard line and gained three first downs following back-to-back completions to Stephen Anderson for 16 and 14 yards, respectively, and then a 10-yard pass to Hopkins over the middle.
"Yeah, I mean, we got a drive there at the end and we got enough opportunities and just couldn't put it in," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "We called every below red area play we had and just couldn't get it done. So, we have to go back to the drawing board."
The Texans fall to 3-5 on the season and will travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams in Week 10.
Take a look at the best photos as the Texans took on the Colts at NRG Stadium.