HOUSTON—They should take their slogan from a television network.
Place it outside the locker room, put it on stationary, maybe even create some T-Shirts bearing the new slogan.
After Sunday, fans might say the same thing too.
Despite spotting a big lead to Houston, somehow the Colts again found a way to claw back, stopping the Texans without their best defender and then using their offense to breakdown any confidence the home team had in picking up their 11th consecutive win 35-27 at Reliant Stadium Sunday.
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A 21-0 scoring outburst in the second half helps to keep the Colts undefeated in the 2009 season, and with a magic number of one to clinch their sixth AFC South championship in the last seven seasons.
The drama for this Colts game, however, began even before the first snap, when Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney was ruled out of the game with an abdomen injury. Houston quickly took advantage in the first half, using a series of bootleg passes from quarterback Matt Schaub to build a 20-7 halftime lead.
But Peyton Manning and the offense got it together in the second half, thanks first to a controversial pass interference call on Jacques Reeves on Pierre Garcon that maved the Colts from their own 38 to the Houston 19 yard line. Peyton Manning found Reggie Wayne on an endzone fade a few plays later to bring the score to 20-14.
In the fourth quarter, the Colts then turned the game on its head, reversing the blowout to their side in the final 15 minutes. Even after Matt Stover missed his first field goal of the season from 32 yards out, the Colts managed to drive back down the field and score the go ahead touchdown when Dallas Clark caught a short pass for the score from Manning to put them up 21-20.
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Then it was the defense, dominated for the first half, that came alive. Clint Session broke the game open when he stepped in front of a Matt Schaub pass and returned it 22 yards for the touchdown to make it 28-20. On the following Houston possession, defensive end Robert Mathis knocked the ball out of Schaub's hands, and when Raheem Brock recovered, it put the Colts in prime scoring position.
Chad Simpson then broke off a 23-yard touchdown run with just under three minutes left to make it 35-20 and despite a late 10-yard touchdown pass from Matt Schaub to Jacoby Jones, the Colts were able to hold on for the win as they outscore the Texans 28-7 in the fourth quarter.
It marks the second consecutive visit that the Colts have overcome a 17-point deficit to beat Houston, as the Colts did the same thing last season in a 31-27 victory in October in 2008. In that game the Colts trailed 27-10 before a late comeback in the final eight minutes brought home a victory.
Unlike 2008, however, the Texans jumped on the Colts right from the beginning, as Schaub hit all six passes on the opening drive, including a seven-yard touchdown pass to Vonta Leach to put the Texans up 7-0. Houston then went on the run on their next drive, rushing for 32 yards as they took a 14-0 lead with a Chris Brown five yards touchdown run.
Meanwhile the Colts offense struggled in the early going, as they went 3-and-out in their only series of the first half. On their second, Manning was pressure on a pass attempt and was intercepted by Brian Cushing, who brought it down to the Colts 10 yard line, which was pushed back 10 yards due to a holding penalty.
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Indianapolis, however, was able to keep the Texans out of the endzone, forcing them to settle for a Kris Brown field goal to make it 17-0. Manning and the offense finally got it going after that, going 74 yards in eight plays and then completing it with a one-handed touchdown catch by Pierre Garcon.
Houston would respond by driving down the field 65 yards, but again were stopped short of the endzone by the Colts defense, forcing another Brown field goal to make it 20-7.