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                === Texans contain Luck to wrap up AFC South ===
 
 Houston,  TX  (Sports Network) -  Matt Schaub threw  a touchdown pass to Andre
 Johnson,  Arian  Foster gained 165 yards  on 27 carries and the Houston Texans
 shook  off a  humbling beatdown at New England with a division-clinching 29-17
 win over the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium.
 
 Schaub  ended with 261 yards on 23-of-31 efficiency for the Texans (12-2), who
 rebounded  from Monday night's 42-14 loss to capture their second straight AFC
 South title.
 
 Johnson made 11 catches for 151 yards.
 
 Houston  moved  the ball,  amassing 417  yards, but  scored only one offensive
 touchdown.   Shayne  Graham   kicked  five  field  goals  in  Houston's  third
 consecutive win at home against the Colts.
 
 "I  liked the  way we  got  back to  what we  are  as a  football team  today,
 protecting  the  ball, running  the ball, playing  solid defense," said Texans
 coach Gary Kubiak.
 
 Indianapolis  rookie Andrew  Luck had  two touchdown  passes, but  the Houston
 native was held to 186 yards on a season-low 13 completions in 27 attempts.
 
 "They  did a  great job defensively of  never letting us establish a rhythm or
 get in a rhythm," Luck said.
 
 The  Colts (9-5)  had won seven of  their last eight games. However, the seven
 victories  had  come against teams that  entered Week 15 with a combined 29-62
 record.  The one loss in that span came against New England in similar fashion
 to Sunday's setback, a 59-24 blowout on Nov. 18.
 
 Graham,  who  missed wide left  from 50  yards on the  final play of the first
 half,  made a  27-yarder to give Houston a 23-10 advantage with 7:33 remaining
 in the third quarter.
 
 Luck  answered right back, however, directing an 80-yard drive that ended with
 his 8-yard TD pass to Dwayne Allen.
 
 The Colts then went three-and-out and were forced to punt from their end zone.
 Houston took over the Indianapolis 39 after a 12-yard return by Keshawn Martin
 and a 15-yard penalty on Colts interim coach Bruce Arians.
 
 Graham sealed the win with field goals of 46 and 33 yards in the fourth.
 
 The Texans led 10-0 after producing points on each of their first two drives.
 
 Schaub threw a 52-yard pass to Johnson on the second play of the game, and the
 downfield strike set up a 29-yard Graham field goal.
 
 The  Houston quarterback then converted a pair of third downs with completions
 before connecting with Johnson for a 3-yard touchdown on 3rd-and-goal.
 
 Indianapolis  threatened early  in the second quarter after pinning the Texans
 deep in their own territory and forcing them to go three-and-out.
 
 Donnie  Jones  punted the ball out  of bounds at  his own 38, giving the Colts
 great  field position.  But  they came  away empty  handed  when running  back
 Mewelde  Moore, who  was signed earlier in  the week, fumbled at the one after
 being  hit by  J.J. Watt. Tim Dobbins recovered for Houston, which went three-
 and-out again.
 
 A  15-yard  punt return by  T.Y. Hilton coupled with  a holding penalty on the
 kicking  team  enabled Indianapolis to begin  the ensuing drive at the Houston
 34. Consecutive runs by Vick Ballard advanced the ball to the 5-yard line
 
 Luck  then  hit Reggie Wayne  in the back  of the end  zone on third down, but
 offsetting  penalties negated the touchdown. Forced to repeat the down, Luck's
 pass fell incomplete, and Adam Vinatieri kicked a 26-yard field goal.
 
 A  roughing the  passer penalty  on Moise  Fokou kept  the next  Houston drive
 alive.  It was  a costly personal foul because Schaub had thrown an incomplete
 pass  on third  down. On the next  play, Schaub connected with DeVier Posey in
 traffic  for a  36-yard catch and a penalty for hitting a defenseless receiver
 was tacked on.
 
 Graham eventually drilled a 35-yarder to put the Texans up 13-3.
 
 Houston  then  extended its  lead further  thanks to  its special teams. Bryan
 Braman  blocked Pat  McAfee's punt and returned it eight yards for a touchdown
 with 1:46 remaining in the second, but the Colts responded with a quick strike
 before halftime as Luck hooked up with a wide open Hilton for a 61-yard score.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Foster  reached 1,200  rushing  yards  for the  third  consecutive season  ...
 Johnson surpassed 11,000 receiving yards for his career ... The Texans matched
 a  franchise  mark for  home wins  in a season  with six  ... Watt recorded 10
 tackles and three sacks ... Ballard carried the ball 18 times for 105 yards.
 
 12/16 18:26:22 ET