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Colts fire Pagano after beating Texans 22-13 in finale

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano never asked his team to win Sunday's season finale for him.

They did it anyway - and he lost his job anyway.

With a dismal season drawing to a close and Pagano's fate seemingly decided, Jacoby Brissett threw for one touchdown, Marlon Mack ran for another and Adam Vinatieri made two field goals to send their coach out with one last victory celebration, 22-13 over Houston.

''I was eavesdropping a bit and he hit it right on the head, those five minutes in the locker room was just the best Christmas gift, New Year's gift,'' Brissett said. ''You see the smiles and the feeling of finally finishing. After the game, Chuck gave us one of the greatest speeches I ever heard. He said no matter what grade you get, from `A' to `F,' you don't get an `I.'''

Less than two hours later, he was out of a job.

It was an emotional ending to a challenging season.

Seventeen players, including Andrew Luck, finished the year on injured reserve. The Colts (4-12) blew seven second-half leads, missed the playoffs for the third straight year and finished with their first losing record since 2011.

Now comes the hard part - coping with changes.

Before the official announcement, Pagano thanked team owner Jim Irsay for giving him a chance to be a head coach, and his players for continuing to play hard. He said he enjoyed working with general manager Chris Ballard and even thanked reporters.

''We fell short, I fell short,'' Pagano said. ''We didn't meet our goals and I'm sorry that we didn't, we haven't hoisted that thing (the Lombardi Trophy) yet. I'll continue to have faith in our players that will happen at some point for this organization.''

Houston's plight has been equally bad.

The Texans (4-12) finished with six straight losses.

Less than an hour after the game, general manager Rick Smith announced he would take an immediate leave of absence to help his wife, who is battling breast cancer. And Houston can't even take solace in getting a high draft pick because it doesn't have a first- or second-rounder.

A dull season finale didn't help matters.

Brissett threw a 6-yard TD pass to Jack Doyle on the first play of the second quarter for Indy's first score, and the Colts took the lead for good when Mack scored on a 2-yard plunge midway through the third quarter.

All the Texans could muster were two long first-half field goals and a 2-yard TD run from Alfred Blue in the second quarter to take a 13-7 halftime lead. But the offense gave away two points on a safety early in the fourth quarter and managed only two first downs and 29 total yards in the second half.

''I don't want to go down that road,'' coach Bill O'Brien said when asked about his job status. ''I just want to reflect on this one, think about improvements that need to be made and go from there.''

PAGANO'S GESTURE

Pagano spent part of the pregame signing autographs for fans. But television cameras also caught him hugging and talking to the father of Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry, who made his NFL debut last week after fighting cancer.

Back in 2012 when Pagano was battling leukemia, Texans running back Arian Foster celebrated a TD run by tapping the (hash)Chuckstrong sign in the end zone.

PUSHING AND SHOVING

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton and Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph sure didn't think it was a meaningless game.

Following a play early in the third quarter, the two got into a pushing and shoving match and at least one punch appeared to be thrown. The officials called offsetting personal fouls, but nobody was ejected.

GOODBYE GORE?

Frank Gore needed 139 yards rushing for his second straight 1,000-yard season. The Colts gave him a steady diet of carries, and when he limped off the field early in the fourth quarter after a short run, the fans gave him a rousing ovation. He returned later and finished with 24 carries for 100 yards.

But at age 34 and in the final year of his current contract, the Colts clearly wanted to give him a fond farewell - if doesn't return next season.

INJURY REPORT

Texans: Receiver DeAndre Hopkins (calf) missed the first game of his NFL career, leaving four catches short of his second 100-reception season. Houston took another hit when receiver Will Fuller V departed with a left knee injury on the Texans' first offensive series. Fuller did not return.

Colts: Indy played without right tackle Denzelle Good (knee) and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (ankle). It lost safety Kenny Moore in the first half (concussion) and he did not return.

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Key Players
A. Blue 28 RB
39 RuYds, RuTD, 36 ReYds, 4 RECs
12
FPTS
F. Gore 23 RB
100 RuYds, 11 ReYds, 3 RECs
11
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:31
A.Vinatieri 22 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Rhodes, Holder-R.Sanchez.
12
plays
49
yds
6:06
pos
13
22
Field Goal 8:47
A.Vinatieri 54 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Rhodes, Holder-R.Sanchez.
7
plays
20
yds
3:20
pos
13
19
Safety 12:07
D.Quessenberry and K.Fuller reported in as eligible. T.Yates sacked in End Zone for -8 yards, SAFETY (H.Ridgeway).
plays
yds
pos
13
16
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:51
A.Vinatieri extra point is GOOD, Center-L.Rhodes, Holder-R.Sanchez.
plays
yds
pos
13
14
Touchdown 6:51
A.Fabiano and T.Burwell reported in as eligible. M.Mack right guard for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
13
plays
83
yds
6:39
pos
13
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:44
K.Fairbairn 46 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-S.Lechler.
10
plays
58
yds
4:37
pos
13
7
Point After TD 6:55
K.Fairbairn extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-S.Lechler.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 6:55
D.Quessenberry and K.Fuller reported in as eligible. A.Blue up the middle for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
13
plays
75
yds
8:00
pos
9
7
Point After TD 14:55
A.Vinatieri extra point is GOOD, Center-L.Rhodes, Holder-R.Sanchez.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 14:55
J.Brissett pass short right to J.Doyle for 6 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Penalty on HOU-B.Cushing, Defensive Offside, declined.
15
plays
75
yds
8:20
pos
3
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 8:15
K.Fairbairn 52 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Weeks, Holder-S.Lechler.
10
plays
41
yds
5:26
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 28:47 31:13
1st Downs 15 20
Rushing 4 10
Passing 8 7
Penalty 3 3
3rd Down Conv 5-11 6-13
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 209 250
Total Plays 53 62
Avg Gain 3.9 4.0
Net Yards Rushing 85 146
Rush Attempts 27 36
Avg Rush Yards 3.1 4.1
Net Yards Passing 124 104
Comp. - Att. 14-24 15-25
Yards Per Pass 5.2 4.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-13 1-10
Penalties - Yards 7-34 4-20
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 4-50.3 5-47.0
Return Yards 25 102
Punts - Returns 1--3 3-53
Kickoffs - Returns 1-28 2-5
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-44
Kicking 3/3 4/4
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 2/2 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 1-1 -100% 2-3 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-0 -0% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 1
1234T
Texans 4-12 3100013
Colts 4-12 077822
124 PASS YDS 104
85 RUSH YDS 146
209 TOTAL YDS 250
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Yates 2 QB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.3% 137 0 1 57.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
48.5% 523 4 3 65.8
T. Yates 14/24 137 0 1 3
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Blue 28 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 39 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
71 262 1
A. Blue 18 39 1 8 12
L. Miller 26 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
238 888 3
L. Miller 8 37 0 16 3
T. Yates 2 QB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 51 0
T. Yates 1 9 0 9 3
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Thompson 14 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 54 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 84 0
C. Thompson 3 3 54 0 32 5
A. Blue 28 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 36 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 54 0
A. Blue 5 4 36 0 12 12
W. Fuller 15 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 423 7
W. Fuller 2 2 17 0 13 1
J. Prosch 45 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 31 0
J. Prosch 1 1 9 0 9 0
B. Miller 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 162 1
B. Miller 4 2 9 0 5 0
C. Hamilton 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 8 0
C. Hamilton 5 1 8 0 8 0
S. Anderson 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 342 1
S. Anderson 2 1 4 0 4 0
A. Ellington 38 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 39 369 0
A. Ellington 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
B. McKinney 55 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
62-33 0 3.0
B. McKinney 5-1 0.0 0 0
M. Gilchrist 21 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-11 1 1.0
M. Gilchrist 4-2 0.0 0 0
Z. Cunningham 41 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-8 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-42 0 1.0
Z. Cunningham 4-8 0.0 0 0
J. Clowney 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-18 0 9.5
J. Clowney 3-4 0.5 0 0
A. Hal 29 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-24 3 0.0
A. Hal 3-1 0.0 0 0
T. Decoud 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
T. Decoud 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Watkins 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-12 0 0.0
C. Watkins 2-3 0.0 0 0
B. Dunn 92 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-9 0 0.0
B. Dunn 2-2 0.0 0 0
B. Peters 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-5 0 0.0
B. Peters 2-0 0.0 0 0
E. Pleasant 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-7 1 2.0
E. Pleasant 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Johnson 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-10 0 0.0
K. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0 0
I. Campbell 39 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-4 0 0.0
I. Campbell 1-1 0.0 0 0
K. Jackson 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
54-19 1 1.0
K. Jackson 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Joseph 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-10 2 0.0
J. Joseph 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. Cushing 56 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-8 0 1.0
B. Cushing 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Heath 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-7 0 1.0
J. Heath 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Slade 62 G
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Slade 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Williams 40 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-0 1 0.0
M. Williams 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Cole 51 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-16 2 1.0
D. Cole 1-2 0.0 0 0
C. Clements 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
C. Clements 0-1 0.5 0 0
K. Drummond 23 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-4 0 1.0
K. Drummond 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
K. Fairbairn 7 K
7
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
20/25 32/35
K. Fairbairn 2/2 52 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Lechler 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 50.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
92 49.0 32
S. Lechler 4 50.3 2 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Thompson 14 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 28.0 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 21.7 42 0
C. Thompson 1 28.0 28 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Miller 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -3.0 -3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 4.0 8 0
B. Miller 1 -3.0 -3 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Brissett 7 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 114 1 0 84.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.8% 3098 13 7 81.7
J. Brissett 15/25 114 1 0 11
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
F. Gore 23 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
24 100 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
261 961 3
F. Gore 24 100 0 16 11
M. Mack 25 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 28 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
93 358 3
M. Mack 7 28 1 12 9
J. Brissett 7 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
63 260 4
J. Brissett 5 18 0 15 11
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Rogers 80 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 39 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 284 1
C. Rogers 4 2 39 0 22 3
J. Doyle 84 TE
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 38 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 80 690 4
J. Doyle 5 4 38 1 14 9
T. Hilton 13 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 57 966 4
T. Hilton 6 3 14 0 9 1
F. Gore 23 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 245 1
F. Gore 3 3 11 0 5 11
M. Mack 25 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 225 1
M. Mack 3 2 10 0 11 9
K. Aiken 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 2 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 133 0
K. Aiken 1 1 2 0 2 0
D. Daniels 47 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 26 0
D. Daniels 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Brent 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
K. Brent 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Morrison 44 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
64-44 0 0.0
A. Morrison 4-1 0.0 0 0
M. Farley 41 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
60-38 2 0.0
M. Farley 3-1 0.0 0 0
K. Moore 42 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-6 1 0.0
K. Moore 3-1 0.0 0 0
C. Geathers 26 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
C. Geathers 2-1 0.0 0 0
B. Mingo 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-12 0 2.0
B. Mingo 2-3 0.0 0 0
A. Woods 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-24 0 1.0
A. Woods 2-2 0.0 0 0
A. Walker 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-11 0 0.0
A. Walker 2-4 0.0 0 0
C. Milton 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
C. Milton 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Butler 20 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-6 0 0.0
D. Butler 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Sheard 93 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-15 0 5.0
J. Sheard 2-1 1.0 0 0
Q. Wilson 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-3 1 0.0
Q. Wilson 2-0 0.0 1 0
T. Green 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-14 0 0.0
T. Green 2-3 0.0 0 0
H. Ridgeway 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-9 0 3.0
H. Ridgeway 1-2 1.0 0 0
N. Hairston 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-9 1 2.0
N. Hairston 1-0 0.0 0 0
G. Stewart 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-11 0 0.0
G. Stewart 1-2 0.0 0 0
J. George 59 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-4 0 0.0
J. George 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Johnson 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
A. Johnson 0-1 0.0 0 0
M. Hunt 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-10 0 1.0
M. Hunt 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Vinatieri 4 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
29/34 22/24
A. Vinatieri 2/2 54 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Sanchez 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 47.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
84 44.8 28
R. Sanchez 5 47.0 3 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Rogers 80 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 5.0 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 5.0 5 0
C. Rogers 1 5.0 5 0
T. Basham 58 LB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
T. Basham 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Rogers 80 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 17.7 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 8.0 30 0
C. Rogers 3 17.7 30 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:41 HOU 25 5:26 10 41 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 HOU 25 8:00 13 75 TD
6:21 HOU 14 4:37 10 58 FG
1:16 HOU 26 1:16 3 21 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 HOU 44 1:30 3 1 Punt
6:51 HOU 25 1:32 3 8 Punt
3:42 HOU 15 3:40 6 17 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:12 HOU 8 0:05 1 -8 Safety
8:47 HOU 33 2:10 3 -1 Punt
0:31 HOU 25 0:31 3 12 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 IND 25 1:19 3 6 Punt
8:15 IND 25 8:20 15 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:55 IND 31 0:34 3 5 Punt
1:44 IND 25 0:28 3 2 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:30 IND 17 6:39 13 83 TD
5:19 IND 27 1:37 3 8 Punt
0:02 IND 19 2:50 5 26 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:07 IND 44 3:20 7 20 FG
6:37 IND 47 6:06 12 49 FG