Indy’s quar­ter­back scores two TDs and passes for 222 yards in wild-card win

Daily Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By Kristie Rieken The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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