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First-quarter notes: Texans 10, Colts 0

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 16, 2012 – 1:00 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ media relations staff, notes from the first quarter in Week 15 at Reliant Stadium, where the Texans lead the Indianapolis Colts 10-0:


·         Scored on their first possession for the sixth time this season, capping their opening drive with a 29-yard field goal from K Shayne Graham. The Texans are 5-0 thus far this season when scoring on their opening possession.

·         Scored first for the eighth time this season. The Texans are 7-0 thus far when opening the scoring.

·         Led after the first quarter for the eighth time this season. The Texans are 7-0 this season when leading after the opening period.


·         Extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 81 with an 8-yard catch in the first quarter.


·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 96 with a 9-yard catch on the first play of the game.

·         Caught his fourth touchdown pass of the season when he hauled in a 3-yard pass from QB Matt Schaub in the first quarter.

·         Caught four passes for 74 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter. The yardage total was tied for the second-most in the opening quarter in a game in his career. He previously had 74 yards on three catches earlier this year vs. Jacksonville (11/18). His career high for first-quarter yardage is 77 yards vs. Seattle on 12/13/09.


·         Knocked down a pass on Indianapolis’ first drive to force a punt. The pass defensed was his 14th of the season, matching a career high. He also had 14 passes defensed in 2010.


·         Threw his 120th career touchdown pass and his 22nd of the season when he hit WR Andre Johnson for a 3-yard score in the first quarter.


·         Sacked Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter. The sack gave Smith 6.0 on the season, leaving him a half-sack shy of his career high of 6.5 set in 2011.


·         Sacked Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck for a 15-yard loss in the first quarter, raising his season total to 17.5.


·         Inactive players for the Texans were CB Alan Ball, G Antoine Caldwell, T Andrew Gardner, RB Jonathan Grimes, NT Terrell McClain, OLB Brooks Reed and G Cody White.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, FS Shiloh Keo, C Chris Myers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith and DE J.J. Watt. Schaub, Johnson and Smith went to midfield for the pregame coin toss.

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

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