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Colts happy with warmup for playoffs

After weeks of ripping foes apart, the Colts grinded one out over Houston to clinch the AFC South.

Originally Published: December 12, 2004
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- Nobody in the Indianapolis Colts' locker room, where the choices of garb on Sunday afternoon were baseball caps and T-shirts that trumpeted the team's second straight AFC South championship, was about to acknowledge the highest-scoring club in the NFL actually needed the kind of grueling test the Houston Texans provided.

But a game that failed to include the five touchdown passes that Peyton Manning needed to break Dan Marino's single-season record did produce a third straight ...

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