The two teams are tied atop the AFC South with three weeks to go, meaning that the winner of this game will very likely make the postseason as division champions, while the loser will likely be watching from home. The Colts have thoroughly outplayed the Texans so far, though they only hold a seven-point lead to show for it.
Matt Hasselbeck is clearly hurting but has, for the most part, gotten the ball out quickly and has made some nice throws, completing 9 of 16 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown was an 11-yard pass to Donte Moncrief, with two injured players connecting to get in the end zone. The defense has forced two turnovers (a Vontae Davis interception and a Mike Adams fumble recovery), and outside of a field goal to end the half they have shut the Texans offense out. The Colts have dramatically won the field position battle as well, as three of their five drives have started in enemy territory while another one started at the Colts' 47. Pat McAfee has pinned the Texans inside the 20 yard line on all three of his punts, while Quan Bray has returned two punts for 52 yards. Adam Vinatieri hit his only field goal attempt of the half, extending his streak to 21 made field goals in a row.
All in all, the Colts very much outplayed the Texans in the first half, but they struggled to capitalize on a number of their drives, so they better hope that doesn't come back to haunt them. The Colts get the ball to start the second half, so hopefully they'll be able to take advantage of it. Here's your open thread for the second half.