In a game that meant little to the Colts but had playoff seeding implications for the Texans, Indianapolis managed to keep Houston in their sights long enough to keep local fans in the game and then did he unthinkable. With just about two minutes left in the game, quarterback Dan Orlovsky led the Colts all the way down the field for the the winning touchdown, Indy’s only end zone action of the day. That score, a one-yard pass to Reggie Wayne, conspired with four Adam Vinatieri field goals to lift the Colts, 19-16.
This was an exciting game and a great win for the Colts, but the team is now in a precarious position. They have two victories on the season, the same as the St. Louis Rams and the Minnesota Vikings. Indianapolis holds the tiebreaker in the race for the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft, but they also play a winnable game in Jacksonville next week. If the Colts cough up that pick and slide down the pecking (and picking) order, they will have lost the ability to potentially dictate their direction for the next 15 years.
It’s OK to start biting your nails.