Key Decision #1:
- Houston had a halftime lead (13-7) and were expected to get the ball in the second half. On the opening kickoff of the second half, the Colts decided to attempt an onside kick. The onside kick was recovered by the Texans at their own 44-yard line but the Colts got the ball back after a defensive stop.
- Indianapolis overcame this loss of field of possession, momentum to come from behind and win the game. In a close game where there is still so much football yet to be played, it is generally advisable to not onside. However, it was the last game of the year and of the Chuck Pagano tenure as Colts head coach, so convention was cast aside. In 2014, the Colts successfully recovered an onside kick against the Texans in a Monday Night contest.
Key Decision #2:
- Indianapolis made adjustments defensively to stop the Texans ground game. The Texans had only 17 yards rushing in the second half. It was a reversal of fortunes however as the Texans defense that stopped the Colts ground game in the first half and limited them to 17 yards, allowed 129 yards in the second half.
Key Decision #3:
- The Houston defense shut down the Colts passing game for the better part of the game as Colts QB Jacoby Brissett went 15 for 25 for 114 yards and a touchdown. The Colts wideouts were largely absent as T.Y. Hilton had only three catches for 14 yards and Chester Rogers led Indianapolis with 39 receiving yards.
- The Colts offensive line only allowed one sack. This was the second straight game where they had played well against a good pass rush.
- The Texans offense scored on their first three possessions (Field goal, touchdown, field goal), but didn’t score after that. Their last score came with 6:21 left in the second quarter.
- The Colts didn’t have one turnover during the game.