Texans beat Colts 23-19 to reach playoffs for first time since 2019.

Under three different head coaches (not including an interim) during the previous three years, the Texans won a total of eleven games. This is their first postseason appearance since 2019, and they have 10 victories to show for it.

In Saturday night's win-or-go-home game, Houston narrowly defeated Indianapolis 23-19. On Sunday, the Texans have a chance to win the AFC South if the Titans defeat the Jaguars. It dropped the Colts to 9-8.

The Texans won thanks to two touchdown throws from C.J. Stroud, who is a top contender for offensive rookie of the year. Stroud also had a game-changing drive in the fourth quarter. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 264 yards.

On the first play of the game, he completed a pass to Nico Collins for 75 yards, and in the first two minutes of the half, he completed a pass to Andrew Beck for one yard.

Collins had nine receptions for 195 yards, while six other receivers had eleven receptions for 69 yards. Three of the Texans' top five receivers were out with injuries.

With 6 minutes and twenty seconds remaining in the game, Devin Singletary scored on a 3-yard run, capping up a 12-play, 73-yard drive that Stroud had coached. Following Ronnie Harrison Jr.'s sack of Stroud and a holding penalty on Beck, they faced second-and-20 and first-and-20, respectively, but they prevailed. When kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn failed to convert the extra point, the Texans' defense was left scrambling.

As time expired, the Colts advanced to the Houston 15 and were confronted with a fourth-and-one situation. Shane Steichen decided to throw the ball to Gardner Minshew instead of running Jonathan Taylor, despite Taylor having 30 carries for 188 yards and a score. Despite being wide open, running back Tyler Goodson failed to catch the pass because it was a little behind him.

With only one second remaining, the Texans ran the ball three times and then took a punt safety. Prior to Houston recovering Michael Pittman's attempted lateral, the Colts gained just 7 yards on the free kick.

With injuries to his heel and ankle, Taylor left the game for a little while around the third-quarter break but eventually came back. While Minshew struggled, completing 13 of 24 passes for 141 yards, he kept the Colts in the game.

Watch this space for further developments.