(Part-1) C.J. Stroud's first season excels as Texans beat Colts to reach playoffs.

C.J. Stroud tossed it 60 yards downfield on the Houston Texans' first play from scrimmage in his greatest NFL game, on the road. Nico Collins couldn't have been more precise if Stroud had passed his ball. The Texans' 75-yard touchdown set the tone and placed them in the AFC playoffs as a wild card.

Texans rookie quarterback looks unfazed. Nobody should have waited for Stroud's quick stardom, but it happened Saturday. With a playoff place at stake, Stroud threw a deep touchdown throw to Collins on the Texans' first play.

Stroud made key plays as the Texans upset the Colts 23-19 to reach the playoffs. If the Jacksonville Jaguars lose to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, the Texans will win the AFC South or a wild card.

Stroud completed 20 of 26 throws for 264 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions in a crucial debut game. One drive led by Stroud finished with a touchdown with 6:20 left. Indianapolis marched downfield and was in the red zone in the last two minutes, but Gardner Minshew missed a short pass to Tyler Goodson on fourth-and-1, hitting Goodson in the hands but behind him, ensuring Houston's postseason spot.

The defeat eliminates the Colts from the playoffs. Texas went 10-7 this season. Many factors contributed to their quick rise, but their record-breaking rookie quarterback is the key cause.

There was more to Collins' early touchdown pass. Stroud also read correctly. The Colts' safety inched up to watch tight end Dalton Schultz, opening up the deep post for Collins, according to ESPN's Troy Aikman.

Collins has become a standout this season and can beat a cornerback deep. His quarterback can also throw. ESPN said that it was the first NFL season touchdown on the opening offensive play.

The play-call reveals much about Stroud. Texans coaches weren't playing it safe with a rookie quarterback in a win-or-lose game on the road. Stroud is trusted like a great quarterback. And he is.

Watch this space for further developments.