Houston gets tough on Luck, clinches South
Texans bounce back from humiliating Monday night loss against New England.
HOUsTON — The Houston Texans now own the AFC South, and they have a message for the rest of the NFL:
Last week’s debacle against New England was not the real Texans.
The real Texans, they claim, clinched the division for the second straight year with a 2917 victory over Indianapolis.
“A lot of people were wondering how we were going to respond,” Andre Johnson said. “I think a lot of people doubted us after what happened last week. We (felt) like we had to show people what we were really about.”
They believe they did so against the Colts, a team that dominated the division for years before Houston’s recent rise.
But Sunday’s celebrations were more subdued than last year’s. This time the Texans expected to win the division, and have much bigger goals C5 C5 ahead.
“It’s awesome,” J.J. Watt said. “But there’s a lot more fun ahead, so I hope everybody is not celebrating too early.”
Johnson gained 151 yards receiving and a touchdown, Bryan Braman had a special teams score on a blocked punt, and Shayne Graham kicked five field goals.
The Texans (12-2) grabbed their first AFC South title last season after the Colts nosedived without injured quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning is gone to Denver and rookie Andrew Luck couldn’t do much against the inspired Houston defense.
The Colts (9-5) had won three straight games and needed a win to clinch a playoff berth a year after going 2-14 in 2011. Before that, they took the division seven times since Houston entered the league in 2002.
“It was a tough loss for us in that we came here with one