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Reggie Wayne followed the script Thursday night. And just like his previous 11 seasons in Indianapolis, he had it down. Wayne made one of...
INDIANAPOLIS — Reggie Wayne followed the script Thursday night.
And just like his previous 11 seasons in Indianapolis, he had it down.
Wayne made one of his trademark moves to outmaneuver a Houston defensive back with 19 seconds left, freeing himself for a 1-yard touchdown catch that gave the Colts a stunning 19-16 victory over AFC South champion Houston. The five-time Pro Bowler celebrated by flinging his hands into the air, pointing toward the fans he loves and hugging his teammates before heading to the Colts' locker room for possibly the final time.
"I said if this is going to be the last game, I want to go out with a bang. It was great," Wayne said. "It was a great feeling to go out. Hopefully, I'll be back but you never know."
Wayne, whose contract is up after the season, certainly made a strong case to return with the Colts in 2012.
The five-time Pro Bowler finished with eight catches for 106 yards, the biggest, of course, giving Indianapolis (2-13) a second win in five days. It was Wayne's third 100-yard day of the season and put the Colts' No. 2 all-time receiver in position to match another franchise record with eight straight 1,000-yard seasons.
Indy's suddenly strong finish could jeopardize the Colts' stronghold on the No. 1 overall draft pick, having tied the league's other two-win teams — St. Louis and Minnesota.
But Wayne and his teammates could care less about that chase. They wanted a win, and some of them wanted to win for teammates such as Wayne, Robert Mathis and Jeff Saturday, who were cornerstones of one of the league's model franchises. All of them have expiring contracts.
Quarterback Dan Orlovsky finished 23 of 41 for 244 yards with the one TD and won his second straight after losing his first nine NFL starts. Even sweeter, he beat the team he played for the past two seasons.
For Houston, it was a bitter reminder that it hadn't completely swung the balance of power in the AFC South.
Having already clinched the franchise's first playoff berth and still playing for a first-round bye, the Texans (10-5) seemed poised for a playoff tuneup in Indianapolis.
Instead, they looked anything but playoff ready.
Houston settled for two field goals in the red zone, didn't convert a third down until getting a lucky bounce late in the fourth quarter, the running game was stymied late and the defense helped the Colts with three penalties on the decisive drive.
"The last two were absolutely unnecessary on my part," rookie defensive end J.J. Watt said after being called for two of the penalties. "That's on me. I can't do that. I can't hurt our football team like that."
Houston is now 0-10 in Indianapolis and hasn't scored more than 20 points in a game since T.J. Yates took over as the starting quarterback. Yates was solid, 13 of 16 for 132 yards with a rating of 101.0, and Arian Foster had a big day rushing 23 times for 158 yards.
"We make one play offensively at the end, the game's over," coach Gary Kubiak said. "We make one stop at the end, the game's over."
• Baltimore wide receiver Anquan Boldin is having surgery on his knee to deal with slightly torn cartilage. Coach John Harbaugh said the veteran will miss the final two weeks of the regular season and be able to return for the playoffs. The Ravens will not reveal which knee is injured.
• Running back Darren McFadden hasn't given up hope of returning this season from a right midfoot sprain, though time is running out. Oakland coach Hue Jackson said "it doesn't look great" for McFadden playing against Kansas City on Saturday. Therefore, it's likely that McFadden will miss his eighth straight game.
• Miami Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano is questionable for Saturday's game at New England because of a concussion.
• The Cleveland Browns placed hard-hitting strong safety T.J. Ward on injured reserve with a sprained right foot, an injury coach Pat Shurmur said does not need surgery — "at this point."
• Four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel of the Philadelphia Eagles missed a second consecutive practice with a hamstring injury.
• Chris Johnson is back practicing, though limited for Tennessee. Barring any soreness in his ankle, the running back should play Saturday against Jacksonville.
• Jamal Lewis, Dorsey Levens and two other former NFL players say in a federal lawsuit that brain injuries have left them struggling with medical problems years after their playing days ended. They filed the lawsuit against the NFL in Atlanta.
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