With nothing to play for but everything to prove, the Indianapolis Colts waxed the fading Houston Texans 28-16 to close the regular season.
The victory was inspirational for the Colts who celebrated the return of head coach Chuck Pagano in style. They dictated the pace of play the entire game and beat up the favored Texans in all three phases of the game.
The Colts opened the game strong with a 13-play, seven-minute drive ending with an Andrew Luck to Coby Fleener touchdown.
The Texans responded with a nearly eight-minute drive of their own, but it ended with a field goal. That became a repeated theme of the day for Houston. The Texans settled for three field goals in four attempts as they were unable to punch the ball home in the red zone against a normally generous Indy defense.