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Week five of the NFL season got under way tonight with a divisional match up coming out of the AFC South as the Indianapolis Colts took on the Houston Texans.

With just three wins between them heading in and a lot of questions at quarterback for both teams, a lot of issues were expected to be answered tonight.

Mixed fortunes

The Colts emerged as 27-20 winners and it all came down to a quarterback battle between team-mates.


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The quarterbacks in the game showcased a varied set of fortunes tonight as Colts QB Matt Casselbeck had the best night of them all and led his team to victory.

Houston used both Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer at quarterback tonight and each told a different story.

Mallett had a few unsuccessful drives but left th game early after taking a shot to the midsection in the first half - despite spending the rest of the game standing on the sidelines.

Hoyer took over for Houston and had a very productive night, throwing for 312 yards with two touchdowns including this incredible hail mary play just before half time.

It was all going well for Hoyer and Houston but as they were down by seven heading into the final four minutes of the game with possession of the ball, then came the fatal mistake.

Hoyer tried a deep pass down the middle on a 3rd and 2 despite no receivers being open leading to an Indianapolis interception and sealing the game for the Colts.

Return to form

Tonight's game also saw the return to form of two big players, starting with the Houston runningback Arian Foster.

Foster didn't impress last week but looked like his old self tonight after rushing for 41 yards and also having 77 receiving yards.

Foster was one of Houston's key offensive weapons tonight behind star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Meanwhile it was a former Houston star who played best for Indianapolis as Andre Johnson caught two touchdown passes and had 77 yards receiving.

Indianapolis came away with the win and moved to 3-2 on the season while the Texans fall to 1-4 but at least showed a considerable improvement on offense tonight than in previous weeks.

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