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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Team Stat Comparison

 
Houston
Indianapolis
1st Downs2017
3rd down efficiency
8-205-9
4th down efficiency
2-30-0
Total Yards302398
Yards per play3.68.3
Total Drives33
Passing170312
Comp-Att
22-4118-27
Yards per pass
4.111.6
Interceptions thrown
32
Sacks-Yards Lost
5-451-8
Rushing13286
Rushing Attempts
3720
Yards per rush
3.64.3
Penalties8-6511-85
Turnovers42
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
32
Possession35:4124:19

Passing Leaders

HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Carr22/412155.2035-45
INDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning18/2732011.9521-8

Rushing Leaders

HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Davis31983.2212
Johnson11414.0014
INDCARYDSAVGTDLG
James20864.3028

Receiving Leaders

HOURECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson6599.8025
Davis7547.7011
INDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Stokley513226.4269
Clark310234.0280

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUIND
TD7:08BRANDON STOKLEY 4 YD PASS FROM PEYTON MANNING (MIKE VANDERJAGT KICK)
Drive: 11 plays, 65 yds, 6:04
07
SECOND QUARTERHOUIND
TD3:05REGGIE WAYNE 5 YD PASS FROM PEYTON MANNING (MIKE VANDERJAGT KICK)
Drive: 10 plays, 69 yds, 4:22
014
TD10:58DALLAS CLARK 1 YD PASS FROM PEYTON MANNING (MIKE VANDERJAGT KICK)
Drive: 2 plays, 29 yds, :14
021
THIRD QUARTERHOUIND
TD0:59BRANDON STOKLEY 69 YD PASS FROM PEYTON MANNING (MIKE VANDERJAGT KICK)
Drive: 2 plays, 72 yds, :59
028
TD1:59BOB SANDERS 37 YD FUMBLE RETURN (MIKE VANDERJAGT KICK) 035
TD12:31DOMANICK DAVIS 1 YD RUN (ERIC BROWN KICK)
Drive: 7 plays, 16 yds, 3:11
735
TD13:24DALLAS CLARK 80 YD PASS FROM PEYTON MANNING (MIKE VANDERJAGT KICK)
Drive: 2 plays, 65 yds, :53
742
FOURTH QUARTERHOUIND
TD7:13DOMANICK DAVIS 1 YD RUN (KRIS BROWN KICK)
Drive: 8 plays, 32 yds, 2:44
1442
TD13:25VON HUTCHINS 77 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (MIKE VANDERJAGT KICK) 1449