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Colts vs. Texans 2015 final score: Indianapolis holds on for 27-20 win

The Indianapolis Colts beat the AFC South rival Houston Texans on Thursday, 27-20.

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The Indianapolis Colts held on to beat the Houston Texans on Thursday, winning 27-20. The Colts looked like they were set to dominate the game, but the Texans showed signs of life on offense when Brian Hoyer came in to replace Ryan Mallett. It wasn't enough to give the Texans the win, though.

With the win, the Colts move to 3-2 on the season, and they secure the record for most consecutive wins against divisional opponents, with 16. That streak includes three wins over AFC South opponents in the past three weeks.

Matt Hasselbeck made the start for the Colts, replacing starter Andrew Luck for the second consecutive week. Luck is dealing with a shoulder injury and Hasselbeck was coming off a decent performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4. Hasselbeck finished Thursday with 18 of 29 completions for 213 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Mallett, the starter for the Texans, was replaced by Hoyer in the second quarter after he left the game with an injury. Mallett was cleared to return to action shortly after leaving, but the Texans left Hoyer out there. He played well in relief, and the question of who will be starting for them going forward will continue for another week.

It was a relatively quiet first half from both teams, though the Colts obviously held the edge for most of it. Mallett threw an interception in the red zone on the game's opening drive, and the Colts followed that up with a field goal. The Colts then scored a touchdown and another field goal on their following two possessions. Houston put up a field goal of their own, and it looked like the game would be 13-3 heading into the second half.

That's when Hoyer, who was now in the game, found Jaelen Strong for a ridiculous Hail Mary touchdown pass with no time on the clock in the first half. There were at least four Colts defenders on Strong on the play, and he still caught the pass, making it a 13-10 game at halftime.

Both teams were quick to up the scoring production in the second half. Hasselbeck led a quick scoring drive in the first two minutes of the third quarter, but Hoyer answered when he hit Strong for his second NFL reception and second NFL touchdown, making it a 20-17 game. Indianapolis scored again, though, and kept the gap to 10 points between the two.

The Texans started to put together a drive late, but Hoyer threw an ugly interception and the Colts were able to close out the game.

Three things we learned from Thursday's game

Andre Johnson is still pretty good at football

At one point, Andre Johnson was considered the best receiver in the league but he hit a wall hard last season. He joined the Colts this offseason and hasn't put up huge numbers just yet, but he had a big game on Thursday, including this touchdown from Matt Hasselbeck:

Johnson finished the game with six catches for 77 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including the one above. He looked good out there, making tough catches on the sideline and generally being a reliable target for a team hurting at the quarterback position. Johnson clearly has some good games still left in him.

Clowney is making plays

Pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney hasn't really come into his own since being made the first overall pick by the Texans in 2014. He missed most of his rookie season with an injury and has been slow to start this year. However, he had a good game against the Colts, frequently getting through Indianapolis' struggling offensive line. But one play in particular really stood out:

Above is Clowney manhandling his offensive lineman and tracking running back Frank Gore, one of the hardest running backs to bring down in the league. With one hand at first, Clowney gets a hole of Gore, shrugs off the guy trying desperately to block him and brings Gore down for a 4-yard loss. This is the kind of play the Texans really want out of Clowney going forward.

Old guys can still play

The Colts aren't in the greatest position at this stage of the season, but they have a talented roster, even if some of their biggest contributors are really getting up there in years. We talked about Johnson above, at 34 years old, but there's also Matt Hasselbeck, who is starting in place of Andrew Luck. Hasselbeck in 40 years old and is coming off another solid start, while starting running back Frank Gore is 32 years old. That's pretty old in running back years.

Finally, kicker Adam Vinatieri is 42 years old, and while kickers always have more longevity than players at other positions, Vinatieri is also avoiding any of the serious struggles that kickers are having this season. He was excellent on Thursday, kicking field goals, one of which was for 48 yards. Football might be a young man's game overall, but the Colts have some quality contributors getting up there in years.