Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts held on against the Houston Texans in a tantalizing 26-20 victory, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020 in NRG Stadium in Houston. The Colts’ win was helped by a rushing game that produced 109 yards and one rushing touchdown, and by a 285 yards and two touchdowns effort by Rivers.
Rivers finished the game completing 27 of 35 passes, to lead the way for the Colts. He ended up with an overall QB rating of 119.40, coming from a performance that included 285 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions for the game.
The Colts deployed a rushing game led by Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Taylor. For the game, Wilkins carried the ball five times and rushed for 12 yards, leading to no touchdowns. Taylor supplemented by carrying the ball 13 times for a total of 91 yards. In the passing game, the Colts’ top receivers were T.Y. Hilton and Michael Pittman. Hilton caught eight passes for a total of 110 yards, while Pittman contributed with 46 yards from five passes.
The Colts’ defense contributed to the win with five sacks, one forced fumble, four tackles for loss, and scored zero defensive touchdowns.
For the losing team, Deshaun Watson finished the game completing 26 of 38 passes to lead the way for the Texans. This performance by Watson led to a QB rating of 85.50, and game stats of 341 yards, one interception and zero touchdowns.
The rushing game for the Texans was led by Duke Johnson and David Johnson. For the game, Johnson rushed for eight yards from carrying the football two times. Meanwhile Johnson carried the ball 10 times for a total of 44 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Texans included Chad Hansen and Keke Coutee. Hansen caught five passes for a total of 101 yards, while Coutee contributed with 141 yards from eight passes.
Although their team lost the game, the Texans defense ended the game with three sacks, and no tackles for loss, to go along with zero forced fumbles.
After the win, the Colts now have a 8-4 record, compared to the Texans who now have a 4-8 record.