Final

Texans 14

(4-5, 2-3 away)

Colts 49

(6-3, 4-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 14, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 0 0 7 714
IND 7 14 21 749

Colts retain share of South lead with Jags

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Texans quarterback David Carr quickly summed up his team's 49-14 loss Sunday to the Indianapolis Colts: "Embarrassing."

Eric Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen Should the Colts have taken Peyton Manning out in the fourth quarter (leading 42-7)?

I don't think they should have for two reasons. One, right now Manning is extremely hot and has the opportunity to break a few very hard to reach records. It's nice to see a guy in the zone that much still on the field making it happen for his team. Second, as scary as it might sound to defensive coordinators, this team still hasn't completely found its offensive rhythm. They haven't gotten the normal outstanding contribution from WR Marvin Harrison. Once he gets into his rhythm this team could be even better.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

"We just didn't come out and do anything," he said. "We're going to have to be resilient, try to fix whatever was broke today because it was a rough one."

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning shredded sloppy Houston for 320 yards and five more touchdowns, and the Colts scored twice on defense to rout the Texans.

"For us, just the total points is what I'm happy about," Manning said. "It's not something we're being conscious of as far as throwing touchdowns."

It was another efficient performance for the league's defending co-MVP.

Manning was 18-of-27 and threw five TDs for the third time this year to tie an NFL record. He now has 31 TD passes, two more than he had all last year, and remains on pace to shatter Dan Marino's record of 48 set in 1984.

Houston (4-5) is now 0-5 all-time against the Colts after matching the worst loss in franchise history. The Texans lost 38-3 to Cincinnati in their inaugural season of 2002.

Indianapolis (6-3) won its second straight and retained its share of the AFC South lead with Jacksonville.

Houston couldn't block, run, tackle, cover or even down a punt. Indianapolis, meanwhile, took advantage of almost every chance it had.

"It snowballed on us quickly," Texans linebacker Kailee Wong said.

Manning, the only player in NFL history to throw five TDs four times in a 12-month span, engineered three touchdown drives that used a total of 2:06. After three quarters, Manning had just one more incompletion (six) than he did touchdown passes, and he surpassed his last year's TD total of 29.

"You kind of come to expect it," coach Tony Dungy said of his quarterback. "I think they're a good defensive team, but we had some guys make big plays."

Defensively, the Colts' maligned unit looked like a Pro Bowl team. Robert Mathis had three sacks and forced three fumbles. The Colts also returned a fumble and an interception for touchdowns.

During the first play, Carr was hit by Dwight Freeney just as he threw. Things deteriorated quickly.

On Houston's second series, Carr was sacked on back-to-back plays by Mathis, who swatted the ball out of Carr's hand.

With Indianapolis already leading 7-0, Houston allowed two third-down conversions, used all three timeouts -- two on challenges that were upheld -- and was drawn offside twice. The result: A 5-yard touchdown pass from Manning to Reggie Wayne for a 14-0 lead.

Things got worse.

A second-quarter punt by Houston's Chad Stanley bounced the wrong way and bounded over the head of would-be defenders. Indianapolis wide receiver Aaron Moorehead, who was blocking, alertly grabbed the ball and ran it back 34 yards to the Houston 29. Manning needed just two plays to hook up with Dallas Clark for a 1-yard TD pass and a 21-0 lead.

The mistakes didn't end.

Less than 2 minutes into the second half, Houston had allowed two more long touchdowns.

Manning hooked up with Brandon Stokley on a 14-yard completion, but Stokley turned outside, avoided four defenders and outran another on his way to a 69-yard TD.

Then Carr was again stripped by Mathis. Rookie safety Bob Sanders scooped it up and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown.

Houston finally scored on a 1-yard TD run by Domanick Davis late in the third quarter, but when the Texans blew coverage again, Manning hooked up with Clark on an 80-yard pass to make it 42-7.

Carr finished 22 of 41 for 215 yards with three interceptions, and Davis carried 31 times for 98 yards and two TDs.

Stokley led the Colts with five receptions for 132 yards, while Clark caught three passes for 102 yards and Edgerrin James carried 20 times for 86 yards.

"We knew coming in that we were going to have to execute to come into their stadium and compete with them," Texas coach Dom Capers said. "We didn't."

Notes:@ Brandon Stokley had five receptions for 132 yards, while Clark caught three passes for 102 yards and Edgerrin James carried 20 times for 86 yards. ... Indianapolis is 82-81 at the RCA Dome, the first time since moving to Indianapolis in 1984 the home record has topped .500. ... Carr's quarterback rating of 38.2 was his lowest of the season and his worst since Nov. 30, 2003, when he had a 16.7 rating at Atlanta. ... Houston backup cornerback Jason Bell broke his right arm during the game.

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Scoring Summary

THIRD QUARTERHOUIND
indTD13:12Touchdown
Drive info: 1 plays, 41 yds, 0:00
034
FOURTH QUARTERHOUIND
indTD1:47Touchdown
Drive info: 1 plays, 70 yds, 0:00
1448
THIRD QUARTERHOUIND
indTD14:23Touchdown
Drive info: 2 plays, 72 yds, 0:30
027
ind13:12
Drive info: 1 plays, 41 yds, 0:00
035
FOURTH QUARTERHOUIND
ind1:47
Drive info: 1 plays, 70 yds, 0:00
1449
SECOND QUARTERHOUIND
indTD4:06Touchdown
Drive info: 2 plays, 29 yds, 0:24
020
THIRD QUARTERHOUIND
ind14:23
Drive info: 2 plays, 72 yds, 0:30
028
SECOND QUARTERHOUIND
ind4:06
Drive info: 2 plays, 29 yds, 0:24
021
THIRD QUARTERHOUIND
indTD2:08Touchdown
Drive info: 2 plays, 64 yds, 0:13
741
ind2:08
Drive info: 2 plays, 64 yds, 0:13
742
houTD2:57Domanick Williams, 1 yd run
Drive info: 7 plays, 16 yds, 3:03
635
hou2:57
Drive info: 7 plays, 16 yds, 3:03
735
FOURTH QUARTERHOUIND
houTD8:02Domanick Williams, 1 yd run
Drive info: 8 plays, 32 yds, 2:29
1342
hou8:02
Drive info: 8 plays, 32 yds, 2:29
1442
FIRST QUARTERHOUIND
indTD8:15Touchdown
Drive info: 11 plays, 65 yds, 5:41
06
ind8:15
Drive info: 11 plays, 65 yds, 5:41
07
SECOND QUARTERHOUIND
indTD12:01Touchdown
Drive info: 10 plays, 69 yds, 4:16
013
ind12:01
Drive info: 10 plays, 69 yds, 4:16
014