Colts playmaker Darius Leonard saved a win with a spectacular play vs the Texans.
After a special defensive day of swarming Deshaun Watson and buckling down in the red zone, the Colts defense almost snatched overtime from the jaws of victory on Sunday.
Until — who else? — Darius Leonard stepped in.
With just under 2:00 on the clock following a Zach Pascal TD snag, Watson once again drove the Texans downfield and attained a 4th & 5 deep in Indianapolis territory.
In a last-gasp attempt, Watson hit Keke Coutee underneath, who then sprinted for the goal line and seemed poised to be downed at the one. Without any timeouts left, the Texans would’ve likely spiked it and had two plays to mess around with.
Until Leonard reached out his fist and ruined an otherwise excellent attempt to extend the play.
Coutee fumbled, Bobby Okereke recovered the ball, and the Colts kneeled out a victory in a near-carbon copy of the frantic action the last time these two teams met. Same goal-line fumble, different participants, sweet smell of victory.
The last 13 times these two teams had played prior to Sunday, they locked horns in one-score affairs, which is almost inexplicably consistent behavior. This contest was no different — in fact, it was barely different from two weeks ago.
Playmakers make plays, after all, and on a defense full of wild men, Leonard has proven time and again that he always has a nose for the action.
We cannot stress enough how close this was until he stepped in.
Heading into the playoffs, your Colts are 10-4, and have to seriously think about resting their starters for the season’s final two games — though Frank Reich has been adamantly against that in recent conversations.
And who can blame him? If you turn a motor like Leonard’s off, you may never get it back.
Ahh, who are we kidding? When the postseason begins, this guy will be red-eyed and raring to destroy.