Indianapolis Colts Game Recap Week 17: Colts vs. Texans

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 31: Antonio Morrison
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 31: Antonio Morrison /

The Colts ended their 2017 season with a victory over the Texans 22-13. They finish the season with a 4-12 record, and send Chuck Pagano out with a win.

The 2017 season is officially in the books, and the Colts end their season on a high note with a 22-13 victory over the Texans. Both teams finish with a 4-12 record, and the Colts will get the 3rd overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Frank Gore had a big game, running for over 100 yards in possibly his last game as a Colt. The 34-year-old showed youthful legs and ran through big holes provided by the offensive line. Gore showed a burst that shows he can still be an effective runner in this league.

The defense struggled early, giving up points on the Texans’ first 3 drives. But then they buckled down and shutout Houston in the second half. That’s quite a feat considering how badly the unit has played throughout the year. They even were able to record a safety after a great rush by Hassan Ridgeway.

The Texans struggled to corral Gore and Marlon Mack, who had a touchdown run of his own. The Colts were able to open up holes up front, which was a key to the game in our preview. Once Indianapolis was able to get the run game going, Houston couldn’t key in on Jacoby Brissett. That helped give the Colts balance.

With reports that Chuck Pagano will be fired on Monday circulating, the Colts were able to give him a victory in his final game as head coach. He is a well-respected man inside the locker-room, and the Colts clearly played hard for him in his last game.

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With the season coming to a close, it’ll be interesting to see who the Colts turn to right the ship as the new head coach. The upcoming draft pick will also be a topic of discussion. With so many things changing, this off-season will certainly be an interesting one and one that will provide the foundation for the future of the franchise.