CJ Stroud and the Houston Texans secure a spot in the playoffs by defeating the Colts with a 23-19 victory.

Rookie quarterback CJ Stroud and the Houston Texans secured a playoff spot with a 23-19 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night. Devin Singletary scored the go-ahead touchdown on a three-yard run with 6:20 remaining.

The Texans (10-7) will be heading to the postseason for the first time since 2019, winning seven of their last 10 games. There is still a possibility for them to win the AFC South if Jacksonville loses against Tennessee on Sunday.

Indianapolis (9-8) has been eliminated from the playoff race after their third loss in five weeks. They have not made the postseason since 2020.

Stroud completed 20 of 26 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns. Nico Collins made nine catches for 195 yards and a touchdown, while Singletary rushed for 64 yards on 24 carries.

The Colts had a chance to score on a late fourth-and-1 play from the Houston 15, but Tyler Goodson dropped Gardner Minshew’s pass, ending their hopes.

The loss overshadowed Jonathan Taylor’s impressive game, where he rushed 30 times for 188 yards and a touchdown. Minshew completed 13 of 24 passes for 141 yards.

The game started with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Stroud to Collins on the Texans’ first play. It included an extended third quarter and a replayed play in the second half.

However, the game turned in favor of the Texans when Colts coach Shane Steichen gambled on a 57-yard field goal attempt by Matt Gay that hit the right upright. Houston capitalized on the opportunity, taking a 17-14 lead on Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 51-yard field goal.

Indy tied the game with a 35-yard field goal by Gay on the next drive, but Stroud responded with a 12-play, 73-yard drive that took over seven minutes off the clock and ended with Singletary’s three-yard touchdown run.

Mason Rudolph propelled the Pittsburgh Steelers towards the postseason with a 17-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. He threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to Diontae Johnson on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Pittsburgh (10-7) secured three consecutive wins to close the season and is now waiting for the playoff picture to unfold. They will make the playoffs on Sunday if Buffalo loses to Miami or Jacksonville loses to Tennessee. If the Houston-Indianapolis game on Saturday night had ended in a tie, they would have had a chance to clinch a berth.

Unfortunately, there was some bad news for the Steelers as TJ Watt, who now leads the NFL with 19 sacks, left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury.

The Ravens (13-4) already had the top seed in the AFC secured and chose to rest MVP favorite Lamar Jackson. Tyler Huntley started at quarterback, and both teams struggled to move the ball on a rainy and windy day.

With the score tied at 7, Rudolph found Johnson for a crucial play that gave Pittsburgh the lead. After a fumble by Baltimore’s Gus Edwards, the Steelers kicked a field goal with 3:13 remaining. This was the first time the Ravens had trailed by more than seven points all season.

Justin Tucker kicked a field goal for the Ravens with 16 seconds left, but they failed to recover the subsequent onside kick, ending their six-game winning streak.

Rudolph completed 18 of 20 passes for 152 yards. Both teams lost two fumbles during the game.

Pittsburgh started the scoring with a six-yard touchdown run by Najee Harris in the first quarter. The Ravens didn’t manage to get a first down until the second quarter but eventually tied the game with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Huntley to Isaiah Likely.

The Steelers have now won seven of the last eight meetings with the Ravens, with all the games being decided by seven points or fewer. Their four consecutive wins at M&T Bank Stadium are the most by a visiting team since they themselves won five straight from 1998 to 2002.

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