Texans fall to Colts in regular season finale, 28-16

Texans fall to Colts in regular season finale, 28-16

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 30: Vick Ballard #33 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after rushing for a one-yard touchdown against the Houston Texans during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Dec. 30, 2012 in Indianapolis, Ind.

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by MICHAEL MAROT / The Associated Press

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Posted on December 30, 2012 at 4:55 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indianapolis Colts made Chuck Pagano a winner in his return to the sideline.

Andrew Luck threw for two touchdowns and Deji Karim swung the game with a 101-yard kickoff return in the third quarter, giving the Colts a 28-16 victory over Houston. It was Pagano’s first game back as coach since starting treatment for leukemia Sept. 26.

Indianapolis (11-5) heads into the playoffs as the No. 5 seed and on a roll.

Slumping Houston (12-4) won’t know its playoff seed until later Sunday. The Texans lost three of their last four games, and J.J. Watt failed to break Michael Strahan’s single-season sacks record.

The game swung on two big plays: Karim’s kickoff return, which wiped out a 16-14 Houston lead, and Luck’s 70-yard TD pass to T.Y. Hilton.

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