Dan Orlovsky connected with Reggie Wayne on a one-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left in the Indianapolis Colts’ come-from-behind 19-16 home victory against the Houston Texans.
The Colts got their second straight victory after starting the season with 13 consecutive losses. They became the first team with one win or fewer to beat a competitor with at least 10 wins this late in an NFL season.
Houston (10-5), which already has clinched a playoff spot, lost its second straight game after a seven-game winning streak that gave it the American Football Conference South division title.
Trailing 16-12 with less than two minutes remaining in the game at Lucas Oil Stadium and no timeouts left, the Colts started their winning drive from their 22 yard line. A 34-yard pass from Orlovsky to Wayne moved the ball to the Houston 20, and three Houston penalties left the ball at the 1.
“This is two weeks in a row our defense has carried us,” Orlovsky said in a televised interview. “Reggie always walks by my locker and says ‘throw left.’ He made a great play.”
Orlovsky, subbing for starter Peyton Manning who is recovering from neck surgery, completed 23 of 41 passes for 244 yards against his former team.
Houston opened the scoring less than a minute into the game on a 9-yard run by Arian Foster, the only touchdown of the night for the Texans. Adam Vinatieri kicked four field goals for the Colts and Neil Rackers had three field goals for Houston.
T.J. Yates completed 13 of 16 passes for 132 yards for Houston.
“We’re playing with a young quarterback,” said Houston coach Gary Kubiak. “We haven’t been as explosive as we have been. We’re struggling to find some points.”
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