ANDREW HAS ALL THE LUCK IN TEXAS
Indy’s quarterback scores two TDs and passes for 222 yards in wild-card win
HOUSTON — Andrew Luck threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns, and the Indianapolis Colts raced out to a big lead and cruised to a 21-7 win over the Houston Texans in an AFC wild-card playoff game Saturday.
Luck put on a show in his hometown, throwing for 191 yards and two touchdowns before halftime to help the Colts (11-6) build a 21-0 lead.
Running back Marlon Mack had 148 yards and a touchdown for Indianapolis, which advances to face the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round next weekend.
Houston (11-6), which overcame an 0-3 start to win the AFC South, gave up too many big plays and couldn't get anything going on offense in the first half to fall into the huge hole.
Deshaun Watson, who was sacked an NFL-leading 62 times in the regular season, was sacked three times and hit eight more times in a disappointing playoff debut. He finished with 235 yards passing, with a touchdown and an interception.
The Colts, who opened the season 1-5, continued an impressive run by winning their fifth straight and for the 10th time in 11 games. Saturday was their first playoff appearance since the AFC championship-game loss at New England in the “Deflategate” contest in the 2014 season.
It was another good game in a splendid season for Luck, who grew up in a suburb of Houston. He threw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns in the regular season after missing all of 2017 with a shoulder injury.
The Texans didn't score until rookie Keke Coutee grabbed a 6-yard touchdown pass to cap a 16-play, 89-yard drive that included a fourth-down conversion to cut their deficit to 21-7 with about11minutes left.
They led the NFL with nine comeback wins this season, but their attempt at a rally ended on their next possession when Watson's pass on fourth-and-10 from the Indianapolis 24 fell short with about four minutes left.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck throws a pass under pressure by the Houston Texans’ Benardrick McKinney during the Colts’ 21-7 win at NRG Stadium on Saturday.