Pagano returns as Indianapolis beats Texans 28-16
Posted: 12/30/2012 at 5:00 pm
By: Associated Press
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Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, left, celebrates with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians after their 28-16 win over the Houston Texans in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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 Paganoís 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) wonít know its playoff seed until later Sunday. The Texans lost three of their last four games, and J.J. Watt failed to break Michael Strahanís single-season sacks record.
The game swung on two big plays: Karimís kickoff return, which wiped out a 16-14 Houston lead, and Luckís 70-yard TD pass to T.Y. Hilton.