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Indianapolis Colts broad receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) pulls in a landing move from quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) early within the first quarter towards the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.(Photo: Matt Kryger/IndyStar)

HOUSTON – T.Y. Hilton dominated, Tom Savage rallied and Jabaal Sheard ended it Sunday.

A dull soccer recreation grew to become a thriller, and the Indianapolis Colts escaped catastrophe – barely. The Colts topped the Houston Texans, 20-14, in NRG Stadium to maneuver to Three-6 on the season.

THE BIG PICTURE: The Colts are winners for the primary time in a month, and their three-game shedding streak is historical past. But they needed to sweat it out. Big time.

A 13-point fourth-quarter lead almost vanished Sunday, when Savage – filling in for injured starter Deshaun Watson – drove the Texans 73 yards late within the fourth quarter, and had Houston seven yards from an inconceivable comeback victory. But the rally stalled there. On fourth-and-game, Colts linebacker Jabaal Sheard acquired to Savage’s blind facet, stripped the ball and preserved the victory. Barkevious Mingo recovered, and the Colts may exhale.

What would’ve been their most embarrbading fourth-quarter collapse of the season was prevented.

The Colts did extra escaping Sunday than anything. A recreation they dominated many of the manner – thanks, T.Y. Hilton – acquired way more fascinating than it ever wanted to be.


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HOW THE COLTS WON IT: Hilton, after grabbing simply 5 catches on 19 targets over the previous three weeks, exploded. It’s what he often does down in Texas. Hilton stacked one other 100-yard receiving day on Houston’s protection, his fifth in 11 begins versus this crew. He completed with 175 yards, the fourth-fattest complete of his profession.

And it wasn’t all on Hilton the previous few weeks. QB Jacoby Brissett routinely couldn’t discover Hilton down the sphere, even when he was open.

He discovered him Sunday. Coupled with the terrible efficiency from Texans fill-in QB Tom Savage, who was known as into the beginning lineup this week after Deshaun Watson was misplaced to an ACL harm in follow, and the Colts had sufficient to scrape out their first win over a non-winless crew in 2017.

It was, maybe, a get-over-the-hump recreation for a Colts crew that has failed to complete on so many events this fall. Indianapolis, even with its Three-6 report this season, has led or been tied on the half in seven of their 9 outings. They’d blown 4 of these leads – vs. Arizona, at Seattle, at Tennessee and at Cincinnati.

And Sunday’s victory is the primary for the Colts over a crew with a victory this season. Entering the day, their solely wins had been towards the winless Browns and winless 49ers.

KEY PLAY: T.Y. Hilton – The Ghost – ghosted the Texans late within the third quarter for one of the crucial memorable touchdowns of his profession. It was a jaw-dropping piece of labor.

The Colts held a fragile 10-7 lead when Brissett dropped again on a third-and-9 from his personal 20-yard line. He discovered Hilton alongside the sideline, and the Pro Bowl wideout did the remainder. He raced down the sideline, then leapt over Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson, seemingly falling to the turf, ending the play. Only Hilton was sensible sufficient to understand Jackson by no means touched him. He acquired up and raced to the tip zone for an 80-yard rating, Marvin Harrison model.

The play was one of the crucial dazzling of Hilton’s six-year profession, and it was the one Sunday that proved the distinction.

KEY STAT: Savage went 19-for-44 on the day for 219 yards, and was wildly inconsistent till the fourth quarter. His inaccurate throws, a number of of which by no means gave his receivers a shot to win, buried the Texans early. He rallied late within the recreation, but when he’d performed like that every one afternoon, Houston would’ve had the win.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Colts (Three-6) will return residence to Lucas Oil Stadium subsequent Sunday and host the 6-2 Steelers, who had been on a bye this week, at 1 p.m.

Call Star reporter Zak Keefer at (317) 444-6134 and comply with him on Twitter: @zkeefer.

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