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Indianapolis Colts VS Houston Texans at The RCA Dome Setember 17, 2006 Colts win 43 to 24

Game 2

 November 17, 2006


What does a Texan call a non talented athlete?
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Date: 9/17/2006
Houston Texans At Indianapolis Colts
at RCA Dome
Start Time: 1:03 PM EST

Game Day Weather
Played Indoor on Turf: FieldTurf
Outdoor Weather: Mostly sunny 83 degrees


Referee: Jeff Triplette (42)
Line Judge: Jeff Seeman (45)
Field Judge: Duke Carroll (11)  Umpire: Jim Quirk (5)
Side Judge: Greg Meyer (78)
Replay Official: Mark Burns ()  Head Linesman: Jim Mello (48)
Back Judge: Greg Steed (12)

Week 1, The Manning Bowl had the buildup, the prime-time slot and the nation's attention. Week 2 turned out to be a productive scrimmage with the Houston Texans. The repetitious beating through three quarters was as much as anyone could stand, Even the Colts lost interest as Dungy commenced to sending in subs, which in turn made the Texans feel as though they were an actual football team. However, it was over when Indianapolis raced to a 14-0 lead in the first seven minutes.

The Houston Texans had to know it was going to be a long day when David Carr was sacked on the first play, and he fumbled the ball away on the second.

Things only got worse from there as the Texans lost 43-24 to Indianapolis on Sunday, dropping to 0-9 all-time against the Colts.

The RCA Dome has been a house of horrors for the Texans over the past four seasons.

Indianapolis won its ninth straight game over Houston, limiting its AFC South rivals to 299 total yards (194 of that in the second half as Colts were bored with humiliating them), sacking Houston quarterback David Carr four times and forcing an equal number of fumbles (two of which were recovered by the Colts).

The record-setting combination of Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison had another milestone day.

Manning passed for 400 yards and three touchdowns, completing 68 percent of his throws; furthermore receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne each had more than 100 receiving yards, to spark Indianapolis' offensive assault. In unison Peyton Manning broke the iconic Johnny Unitas' franchise record for the most pass completions by a Colt, accomplishing such an achievement in just his ninth year. Manning set the mark with 8:17 left in the first quarter when he threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Addai. The third completion of the game gave Manning 2,797 career completions in 130 games. Unitas had 2,796 in 206 career games with the Colts. The scoring pass was the first regular season touchdown for the Colts' first-round draft choice, Joseph Addai , who took the short pass and outran the Texans' defense into the end zone.

Whereas Marvin Harrison moved into fifth place on the all-time receptions list, with his 941st career catch surpassing Art Monk (940 receptions)

(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 17: Wide receiver Marvin Harrison #88 of the Indianapolis Colts finds open field as he turns with a catch against the Houston Texans September 17, 2006 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won,43-24.

 while Marvin is setting his sights now on:

Andre Reed (951),
Tim Brown (1,094),
Cris Carter (1,101)
and Jerry Rice (1,549).

Harrison caught his 941st pass, and during the break between the third and fourth quarters, Harrison got a thunderous ovation from the crowd.

"That meant a lot,'' Harrison said. "It means they appreciate me, and more than anything, all my teammates on the field, every one of them congratulated me. As long as they continue to count on me to be the player I've always been, that's what I want to repay them with.''

Harrison entered the game with 936 career receptions, caught two early passes and wasted little time in hauling in three more early in the second half. He had seven receptions for 127 yards, giving him 943 catches in his career. His 55 career 100-yard games is second all-time to Jerry Rice.



Houston wins the toss, elects to Receive, and Colts elect to defend the East goal.


Adam Vinatieri kicks 70 yards from the Colts 30 to Houston's 0. Texan's Edell Shepherd received the kick and brought it out to Houston's 25 for 25 yards after meeting up with Colts Jason David.

As The Houston Texans offense takes to the field and snaps the ball, David Carr bootlegged right, trying to avoid Dwight Freeney, the Indianapolis Colts' Pro Bowl right end and in turn he was met by Left end Robert Mathis and ends up getting sacked before he could even set up to throw for an 8-yard loss on the first play of the game.

 (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Houston Texans quarterback David Carr, front, is sacked by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Robert Mathis on the first play of the game in NFL football action in Indianapolis Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006.

 Mathis was The Colts sack leader with 11 ½ sacks last year in 2005.

Second down and 18, Texans back to the line of scrimmage, snaps the ball; 40 seconds into the start of the game, Carr fumbles and looses the ball and was recovered by Colts, defensive tackle Raheem Brock at the Texans 16.

Sam Riche
The Colts Raheem Brock (79) grabs this fumble from Texans David Carr on the second play of the day.

The Colts capitalized off the turnover as Manning needed just three plays to find the end zone, connecting with Brandon Stokley in the back-right corner of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0 with 12:48 left in the opening quarter.

Sam Riche
The Colts Brandon Stokley grabs this Peyton Manning pass for a TD in the first quarter.

 On a bad note, where Stokley came into this game after being out since training camp with a high ankle sprain left the game injuring his ankle again. Stokley leaped as he adjusted his body in midair to make the catch and in turn coming down making sure his feet were in bounds ending up landing hard on his already injured ankle.

Vinatieri kicks 66 yards from the Colts 30 to Texans 4 as Shepherd returns to thier 24 for 20 yards before he is met up with Colts, Keith O'Neil and Marlin Jackson.

On Houston's first play of this series running back, Wali Lundy is met at the line of scrimmage for a no gain by Colts Gary Brackett and Robert Mathis.

On the second play of Texans possession, less than 12 minutes into the game Carr feels the wrath once again of Robert Mathis as he is sacked for a loss of eight yards and fumbles. Texans got lucky as Houston offensive tackle Zach Weigert recovers the ball at their 16 yard line.

Houston couldn't move the chains on their third down as they were forced to punt.

Starting at his own 37-yard line, Manning led the Colts on a six-play, 63-yard drive hitting Dominic Rhodes for three completions and a deep middle pass for 26 yards to Ben Utecht.

Can somebody tell me why the helmet to helmet call didn't come into factor?

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Ben Utecht, center, is tackled by Houston Texans safety Glenn Earl, bottom, and C.C. Brown, in the first quarter of NFL football action in Indianapolis Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006.

Sam Riche
The Colt's tight end Ben Utecht gets hammered on this first half shot by the Texans (24) C.C. Brown and (26) Glenn Earl.

(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 17: Tight end Ben Utecht #86 of the Indianapolis Colts is hit by free safety C.C. Brown #24 as safety Glenn Earl #26 of the Houston Texans brings him down in the first quarter September 17, 2006 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won, 43-24.

Matt Kryger

Indianapolis Colts Ben Utecht (86) lays on the turf after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit by Texans C. C. Brown in the first quarter.

(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 17: Tight end Ben Utecht #86 of the Indianapolis Colts nurses his head after being hit by free safety C.C. Brown of the Houston Texans as tight end Dallas Clark #44 checks on him in the first quarter September 17, 2006 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won, 43-24. Peyton concluded the series after a Texan blitz and hit Addai with a swing pass and ran it in up the left sideline from 21 yards out for his first touchdown in the league.

Peyton concluded the series after a Texan blitz and hit Addai with a swing pass and ran it in up the left sideline from 21 yards out for his first touchdown in the league.

 (MATT KRYGER / The Star)
Colts running back Joseph Addai crosses the goal line in the first quarter to score his first career NFL touchdown.

 In less than seven minutes in the first half of the game, The Colts lead 14 - 0.

On their third series of the game, the Texans gained three first downs before running back Wali Lundy fumbled on the Indianapolis 19. Defensive tackle Montae Reagor recovered for the Colts' second takeaway.

Sam Riche
The Texans (33) Wali Lundy gets stripped of the ball by the Colts (90) Montae Reagor near the Houston goal line in first half action.

Peyton commenced to use Harrison, Wayne, Rhodes and Addai in moving the Colts 56 yards down the field to end the first quarter . . .

2nd Quarter

 . . . Going into the second quarter, whereas the Colts started their drive from their own 19 yard line, Peyton continued to move the Colts down the field for another 29 yards to Texans 1 yard line. On the next play, Addai rushed for a one-yard touchdown, but head coach Gary Kubiak challenged the ruling, arguing that Addai fumbled before crossing the goal line. The officials reviewed the play and overturned the call.

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indianapolis Colts running back Joseph Addai (29) fumbles while being tackled by Houston Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans (59) as he crosses the goal line during the second quarter of a football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006.

However, NFL rules state that as soon as the football crosses the plane of the end-zone, a TD is scored, regardless of what happens after. Therefor, the TD would stand regardless of the supposed fumble.
I am 44 years old and my vision is not as great as it used to be, but is Addai not across the plane in the photo above? Did the Replay Official not see this in the many takes and angles he viewed at this time?

Since linebacker Morlon Greenwood recovered the fumble in the end zone, the Texans' offense took over on their 20-yard line with 11:58 left in the first half. Nevertheless, Texans were unable to capitalize on this poor Officiating turnover as on the fourth play of their drive, fullback Jameel Cook was flagged for a chop block, moving the Texans back 15 yards and leading to a Texans second punt of the game.

On Colts next series, Manning passed for 44 yards on three completions and Rhodes ran for 3 to set up Adam Vinatieri's 39-yard field goal, which put the Colts ahead 17-0 with 6:02 left before halftime.

With Mathis and Freeney coming off the edges and tackles Brock and Montae Reagor pushing up the middle, Houston was forced to abandon its game plan. Down 17-0, Texans went to an I-formation. They ran the ball and threw short passes off quick drops to its running backs and tight ends as Carr completed his first four pass attempts for 36 yards, including a 19-yard pass to wide receiver Andre Johnson. On third-and-nine from the Indianapolis 32, running back Samkon Gado sprinted nine yards up the middle of the defense to set up Kris Brown's 43-yard field goal attempt. The score on the 10-play, 55-yard drive cut the Colts' lead to 17-3 with 1:54 remaining in the first half.

The Colts bounced back, though a touchdown pass to Wayne was taken off the board thanks to a holding penalty on Colts' offensive tackle Tarik Glenn. Peyton engineered a nice two-minute drill using nine-plays for 44-yards that was capped off with a Vinatieri 43-yard field goal as time expired and The Colts went into the locker room with a 20-3 lead.

(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 17: Adam Vinatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts kicks a field goal against the Houston Texans September 17, 2006 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won, 43-24.

3rd Quarter

The scoring didn't stop over the final two quarters as Indianapolis continued to dominate!

Any chance the Texans might have had ended when The Colts opened the second half with a 13-play, 82-yard drive highlighted by Addai's 16-yard rush to the Houston 12. On third-and-13, Manning fired a 15-yard touchdown pass to Fletcher, which gave Indianapolis a 27-3 lead.

Jason Chapman /

On Texans next series Carr went three and out as the Texans punted away.

With 3:21 left in the third quarter, Vinatieri added to the Colts' lead with his third field goal, a 38-yarder, which capped an eight-play, 38-yard drive.

Again on Texans next series Carr went three and out but before he was sacked by Raheem Brock for a loss of 3 yards and Texans punt once more.

As Rhodes ran for 12 yards on two plays

Matt Kryger
Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes jumps over his teammate Joseph Addai in the third quarter.

 and Manning hit Harrison for 17 yards, the Colts conclude the third quarter moving 29 yards down the field . . .

4th Quarter

 After Manning was sacked for a loss of 10 yards and an incomplete pass, Hunter punted the ball away 45 yards to the end zone for a touchback.

Carr actually moved the Texans to midfield after completions to Johnson and Cook for 18 yards and 15 yards, respectively. On third-and-seven from the Indianapolis 33, Carr found rookie, tight end Owen Daniels open on a post route for a 33-yard touchdown to cap the seven-play, 80-yard drive over 2:35. Brown's extra point cut the Colts' lead to 30-10 with 11:36 left in the game. This would be the 50th touchdown pass of Carr's exciting career.

With Colts next possession, Addai ran the ball 3 times for 4, 7 and 6 yards whereas An 18-yard catch by Marvin Harrison followed by Reggie Wayne's acrobatic 37-yard catch with cornerback Lewis Sanders in his face falling just two yards short of a touchdown,


Matt Kryger
Indianapolis Colts Reggie Wayne (right) makes a leaping catch over Houston Texans Lewis Sanders (left) in the fourth quarter.


Sam Riche

The Colts Reggie Wayne grabs this ball over the Texans (21) Lewis Sanders in second half action.


(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 17: Wide receiver Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts dives for the end zone but comes up a bit short against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter September 17, 2006 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won, 43-24.

all led to the Colts' fourth touchdown of the game on a two-yard run by Dominic Rhodes with just under eight minutes left in the game to make it 37-10.

Houston answered on the following drive as Carr found Mark Bruener open in the end zone for one-yard TD to make it 37-17.

Colts next possession consisted again of Addai, Addai, Addai, and more Addai,

On the loose: Colts running back Joseph Addai (29) spins free from a tackle attempt by Dunta Robinson (center) and Glenn Earl of the Texans. Addai rushed for a game-high 82 yards.

and again a Deep 27 yard reception from Reggie Wayne to end it with a three-yard TD run by Ran Carthon made it 43-17 as the Texans scored one more time as Carr's 10-yard TD toss to Johnson accounted for the final margin to make a score of
Colts 43 and Texans 24.



Coaches: Tony Dungy (52-20 in fifth year with Colts and 108-66 in 11 years overall).
Gary Kubiak (0-1 in first year with Texans).

Overall series: Colts lead 9-0.
The Texans' nine-game losing streak to the Colts is the longest ongoing series skid in the NFL.

Last regular-season meeting: Colts won 31-17 on Nov. 13, 2005, in RCA Dome.

Game ball goes to ...

Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. Manning was 26-of-38 for 400 yards and three touchdowns, and Harrison caught seven passes for 127 yards as both surpassed milestones in the Colts' victory.


Colts - offense 10th overall (29th rushing, 5th passing), defense 31st overall (30th rushing, 26th passing).

Texans - offense 26th overall (27th rushing, 19th passing), defense 32nd overall (25th rushing, 32nd passing).

Injury report:

Colts - Out, RB DeDe Dorsey (ankle), DT Corey Simon (knee), DE Josh Thomas (hip), LB Freddie Keiaho (knee); questionable, LB Gary Brackett (calf), S Mike Doss (calf), OT Ryan Diem (hand), LB Gilbert Gardner (hand), CB Nick Harper (ankle), TE Ben Hartsock (hamstring), CB Tim Jennings (ankle), G Ryan Lilja (knee), DT Montae Reagor (knee), S Bob Sanders (knee), G Jake Scott (knee), QB Jim Sorgi (shoulder), WR Brandon Stokley (ankle), TE Ben Utecht (finger); probable, LB Rob Morris (foot), CB Jason David (tooth), DT Dan Klecko (calf), DE Ryan LaCasse (foot).

Texans - Out, CB Demarcus Faggins (foot), CB Phillip Buchanon (ankle); probable, C Mike Flanagan (leg), DT Travis Johnson (calf).

Hunter Smith missed the Colts' last extra point after Vinatieri left with a groin injury

Stokley caught the touchdown pass on his first play of the season, but aggravated his sprained left ankle injury and did not return

 Defensive end Dwight Freeney left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury. He was escorted off the field and to the locker room by a team trainer.
Freeney has yet to record a sack in the Colts' first two games.

Stokley missed the regular-season opener with the Giants after suffering a high ankle sprain during training camp. He caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter but re-aggravated the injury on the play.

Utecht dinged, comes back - Tight end Ben Utecht left in the first quarter with a possible concussion.
He was injured after catching a 26-yard pass for a first down. After laying on the ground for several minutes, Utecht was able to get up and signal a first down to the Houston defense before heading to the sidelines. He was able to return later in the game.

Vinatieri hurt his groin.


The Colts converted 9-of-12 plays on third down

Tony Dungy earned his 50th regular-season win as Colts coach.

Adam Vinatieri connected on three field goals, from 39, 43 and 38 yards.

Indy recognized the rescue workers who died during the Sept. 11 attacks with a moment of silence before the game.


Houston guard Chester Pitts missed the first snap in his career with Houston, a span of 3,884 plays

No. 1 pick Mario Williams had another quiet outing for the Texans, finishing with two tackles and a penalty for encroachment.

The Texans got a 39-yarder from Kris Brown with 1:54 left in the half, and Carr threw three touchdown passes in the last 12 minutes.

The first, a 33-yarder to rookie Owen Daniels, was the 50th touchdown pass of Carr's career.

Carr was 22-of-26 for 219 yards and was sacked four times.

TE Mark Bruener had a one-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter for his first touchdown with the Texans and the 17th of his career.

Previous Game


With home victories over the Texans this week and Jacksonville next week, the Colts could quickly make a move for their fourth-straight division title.

Sunday's victory improved the Colts' record within the AFC South to 21-4 since the formation of the division in 2002. They lost twice to Tennessee in 2002, but only one team has beaten them since -- next week's opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Colts lost at Jacksonville in 2003 and suffered a home setback to the Jags in 2004, but last year's series sweep proved to be the difference in winning the division crown. Had the Jaguars swept the series, they would have been 14-2 and the Colts would have been 12-4, instead of the other way around.

Last year's games were both close, as Indy posted a 10-3 home win in the second week of the season and notched a 26-18 triumph in December in Florida. The first meeting this year will take place in the friendly confines of the RCA Dome.

The Jaguars enter the game with a record of 2-0 record after a 9-0 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.

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