Rapid Reaction: Colts 20, Texans 17

Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky

INDIANAPOLIS -- It’s hard to be surprised when the Colts make things go right at the end because it’s so common.

The Texans had two chances to get at least to overtime at Lucas Oil Stadium.

A blitzing Gary Brackett forcing a bad throw by Matt Schaub that was picked by Clint Session to end the first. A near perfect drive got Kris Brown in range of a 42-yard field goal on the game’s final play, and he missed it, just left, to give the Colts a 20-17 win instead of an overtime period.

A great win for the home team and a big disappointment for the visitors.

It wasn’t a death blow for Houston’s playoff chances by any means. And the Texans won’t have to wait long to test themselves against Indy again. After a bye and Monday nighter at home against the Titans, the Texans host the Colts Nov. 29 at Reliant Stadium.

But with the Colts at 8-0 and Houston at 5-4, it’s certainly safe to say the division belongs to Indianapolis, no matter how challenging Indy’s schedule gets with games against New England and at Baltimore between now and then.