For the first half it looked like that might well happen. Case Keenum threw three first half TD passes to Andre Johnson, and Houston led 21-3 at the half. As soon as the half ended though, things began to unravel and the Texans lost the game 27-24 and dropped to 2-6, and for all practical purposes they are probably playing for nothing but pride the last half of the year.
The disaster began when Head Coach Gary Kubiak went to his knees and then collapsed on the field as he was headed to the locker room. He lay motionless for several minutes and was placed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital by ambulance. It was determined he did not have a heart attack, which was certainly very good news, but he was suffering from extreme dehydration according to at least one report. Kubiak was to remain hospitalized for observation and monitoring until at least Tuesday following the incident.
It was announced that Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips would serve as head coach for the second half and that Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison would be calling the plays.
Partially due to halftime adjustments by the Colts, partially due to what appeared to be much more conservative play calling in the second half and partially due to what without a doubt was a team playing with concern for their head coach, Houston was outscored 24-3 in the final two quarters and pretty much saw what they thought at the beginning of Training Camp might be a Super Bowl appearance season turn into a complete nightmare.
Wade Phillips met with the media in Kubiak’s absence after the heartbreaking loss.
“As far as the game, I thought we played our hearts out again. I was certainly disappointed defensively. We had a two-touchdown lead, and we’re in zone defense and gave up a long play that put them back in the ball game. We made all the big plays the first half; they made the big plays the second half. I thought our young quarterback (Case Keenum), if you just look at the stats, the guy played outstanding. I thought he played really well for us. Their quarterback (Andrew Luck) hit 18 out of 40, but he hit the big plays at the right time. They made the plays and we didn’t at the right times. (Kicker) Randy (Bullock) struggled field goal kicking-wise and that ended up hurting us at the end of the ball game.”
Houston will travel to Arizona for a 3:25 pm game against the Cardinals on Sunday, hoping they will be able to have their coach back with them, and that they will be able to steal a win as well.