The Houston Texans have taken care of the Indianapolis Colts 29-17 and captured their second consecutive AFC South title. The win was anything but a work of art. It may have fallen short of the resounding triumph required to erase the memory of the Patriots debacle, but it will do fine for today.
The difference in the game came down to Arian Foster and the 134 yards he gained in the second half. His performance included the kind of breakaway runs that made him such a feared back the last two seasons. The Texans defense dialed up the pass rush over the final thirty minutes and kept Andrew Luck from working his fourth-quarter magic.
The Colts kept the game close enough to make the home team nervous. Their final scoring drive shredded the Texans' run defense with 61 yards gained by Vick Ballard. But Houston limited Reggie Wayne to just three catches for 14 yards as Andrew Luck completed just 13 passes overall.
Indianapolis should have an easier time next week when they face the Kansas City Chiefs. Houston can only continue their run to home-field advantage by defeating the Minnesota Vikings and the incomparable Adrian Peterson.