Powered by 228 yards from Philip Rivers, and a total team offensive output of 350 yards, the Indianapolis Colts held on against the Houston Texans in a thrilling 27-20 victory, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Colts rushing game contributed to this win with 127 yards and one rushing touchdown, to support a 228 yards, two touchdowns effort by Philip Rivers.
Rivers helped the Colts in this victory by attempting 28 passes and completing 22 of them. This led to a final QB production of 228 yards, zero interceptions and two touchdowns for the game.
Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Taylor led the rushing game for the Colts. Hines rushed for 43 yards from carrying the football five times. Hines was helped by Taylor who carried the football 16 times for a total of 83 yards. In the passing game, Rivers was most successful throwing the ball to Zach Pascal and T.Y. Hilton. Pascal caught five passes for a total of 79 yards, while Hilton contributed with 71 yards from four passes.
Contributing to the victory was a defensive line stats of five sacks , three forced fumbles, three tackles for loss, and no defensive touchdowns for the Colts.
On the losing side of the game, Deshaun Watson of the Texans ended the day with two touchdowns, along with 373 yards, zero interceptions, and a 120.80 passer rating.
The Texans’ rushing game was led by Buddy Howell and David Johnson. For the game, Howell carried the ball five times, rushed for 22 yards, and zero touchdowns. Johnson supplemented and carried the ball a total of eight times for a total of 27 yards. Meanwhile Brandin Cooks and Chad Hansen were the top 2 aerial passing targets for the Texans. Cooks caught six passes from Watson for a total of 59 yards, while Hansen contributed with 55 yards from two passes.
For the game, the Texans defensive effort yielded zero forced fumbles, zero tackles for loss and one sack. This was not enough to help their team to a victory.
The Colts walked away from the game with an improved seasonal record of 10-4. The Texans on the other hand, dropped to 4-10 for the season.