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Texans win 22-17 for first-ever seasonal sweep of Colts

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Andrew Luck was not a lucky charm this week. The Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback struggled in Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. The Colts fell 22-17, significantly marring their chances of winning the AFC South and going to the postseason.

It was the Texans’ first-ever seasonal sweep of the Colts – and they did it on Indianapolis’ home turf. Going into Sunday, there was a three-way tie for the AFC South lead, between the Texans, the Colts, and the Tennessee Titans. Now, the Texans and the Titans remain tied, while the Colts have dropped to third.

“I don’t have a crystal ball, all we can do is like we always do and that is getting over this in a hurry,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “There are so many things that can happen, we all see it, we all know it. We will keep moving forward, we will keep preparing, we will keep charging. We have guys that are determined and obviously they are extremely upset at the outcome. It is not what we all anticipated and what we were working for. … Sometimes that is just how life goes. You dust yourself off, you pick yourself up and you keep moving forward.”

Andrew Luck led the Colts to three straight victories before this week – and this time, it was him who got the Colts in trouble. He had a season-high three turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble). The Texans, on the other hand, did a good job blanketing the Indianapolis receivers. Placekicker Nick Novak kicked a franchise single-game, record-tying five field goals. Lamar Miller rushed 21 times for 107 yards and a touchdown.

“We now control our own destiny, so I think everyone did a great job,” said Miller. “It’s the time of year when everyone is banged up a little, so you just have to fight through it and be there for your teammates.”

What’s next?

The Texans head home, hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at noon.

At the same time, the Colts will be on the road playing against the Minnesota Vikings.

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