Vandermeer's View: Texans make franchise history


If you had told me back in October that the Texans would beat the Colts for the first time in Indianapolis with Brandon Weeden at quarterback I would have advised you to seek medical attention. But here we are.

Maybe this is the way they had to do it – with so much adversity, with their seventh quarterback in the last two years seeing action, with first place on the line.

It was one of the gutsiest Texans wins ever, a 16-10 battle for survival against their nemesis.

The day started off with the Texans almost sliding into the abyss. Two turnovers on the first two possessions and some gashing punt returns by rookie Quan Bray contributed to outstanding field position for the Colts and an eventual 10 point second quarter deficit. Little did we know that the Colts were done scoring for the day.

T.J. Yates shook off an early pick to get the Texans into Colts territory late in the first half only to injure a knee on a long scramble and exit the game for good.

Enter Weeden, playing the role that Yates did in the Cincinnati game earlier this season and in the Jacksonville game in 2011. He came off the bench cold and led the team on a field goal drive to cut the lead to seven at the break.

The second half saw the defense clamp down and the pass rush ramp up. The Colts couldn't run it and Matt Hasselbeck had to leave the game after a hard hit by Whitney Mercilus. He would come back and later throw a pick to end the Colts' last chance.

The go ahead drive for the Texans is one we will talk about for years. A 90 yard march would start at the Houston ten-yard line and end with a pass from Weeden to rookie Jaelen Strong who has scored all three of his career touchdowns against Indy.

History has changed. With the victory, the Texans grab hold of first in the AFC South while taking down the Goliath of the division. The playoffs are in the crosshairs with two games to do. Sure they're down to their fourth quarterback but it's not like they haven't been in this spot before.

Savor this one. It goes right behind the 2011 victory in Cincinnati in ranking the franchise's best road wins. Maybe it's even more impressive considering the lack of prep time and experience in the offense for Weeden.

The Texans faced the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 15.

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