The Houston Texans fell to a 12th defeat in a row against Indianapolis Colts 25-3 with Darius Butler taking two interceptions as the home team's defence dominated.
Victory over Houston gave the Colts at 9-5 record to extend their lead at the top of the American Football Conference South, whilst the Texans languish on a 2-12 record which maintains the worst record of all franchises in 2013.
Indianapolis scored an early touchdown in the first quarter and it was their first TD in a first half since victory over Denver in October.
Andrew Luck's 14-yard pass to Griff Whalen finished off the 11-play, 80-yard drive. It gave the Colts the initiative and Houston failed to counter, only taking a single field goal all match.
Houston were able to push Indy back to the 31-yards but the defence held strong to deny Dennis Johnson and force an incomplete pass which set up the three points.
Butler’s first interception of the match provided Colts a field goal three minutes into the second quarter.
Butler intercepted Case Keenum’s pass and drove forwards 13 yards to set up his side with a first down 17 yards from Houston’s line. Adam Vinatieri kicked the points to restore their seven-point lead.
The telling touchdown came five minutes later with Luck picking out a shuffle pass to Trent Richardson who weaved past the Houston defence for a nine-yard finish. Vinartieri added the extras.
Two minutes before half-time Butler took his second interception off another Keenum pass to allow another Colts score.
The cornerback provided a 25-yard return with his interception, which pushed the Colts 44 yards away from Houston’s line. Luck was able to find Da’Rick Rogers and gain a further 12 yards but the drive stalled and Vinatieri was on task for a 43-yard field goal.
In a quiet second half with only two scores, Colts nullified the Texans to see the game out.
A Vinatieri field goal gave the home side a 20-point lead, which effectively ended the competition.
A final flourish saw Indy’s Robert Mathis strip-sack Keenum, bringing the Colts two points for a safety. Mathis’s sack was his 108th of his career and 16.5 for the season, both new club records.
The result left the Texans winless in Indianapolis since 2002 and continued their miserable run.
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