Luck has 2 TDs to lead Colts over Tex­ans 21-7

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - Calendar - BY KRISTIE RIEKEN

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 the wild-card game on 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 a 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” game 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 16play, 89-yard drive that in­cluded a fourth-down con­ver­sion that cut it to 21-7 with about 11 min­utes 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 fourt­hand-10 from the In­di­anapo­lis 24 fell short with about four min­utes left.

Luck threw for 863 yards with six touch­downs as the teams split two meet­ings in the reg­u­lar sea­son. He picked up right where he left off in this one, when he found Eric Ebron on a 6-yard TD pass on their first drive. That play was set up by a 38-yard catch by T.Y. Hil­ton, who had 63 yards re­ceiv­ing on that drive.

UP NEXT

Colts: Travel to Kansas City where the Chiefs were 7-1 in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Tex­ans: The Tex­ans have some de­ci­sions to make in the off­sea­son with de­fen­sive end Jade­veon Clowney and safety Tyrann Mathieu both be­com­ing free agents. They might use the fran­chise tag to keep Clowney, who was the No. 1 over­all pick in the 2014 draft.

MICHAEL WYKE AP

The Colts’ An­drew Luck played role in de­feat of the Tex­ans in Satur­day’s AFC wild-card play­off game in Hous­ton.

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