Live updates: Colts blast the Texans

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The Indianapolis Colts visit the Houston Texans in NFL Week 13 action with the AFC playoff race still far from settled.

The Colts (6-6) have led by double digits in each of their past 9 games. They've won 6 of those games. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers scored in the last minute last weekend to defeat the Colts.

The Texans (2-9) have one bright spot this season — a win at the Tennessee Titans two weeks ago. Otherwise, life has been tough for them. They lost to the New York Jets last weekend.

A lot of eyes will be on Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, and here's why: When he rushes for at least 100 yards, the Colts win; they're 0-6 when he falls short of that mark. Another key number: 35. The Colts have won just once when they have attempted at least 35 passes.

Colts center Ryan Kelly is on the COVID-19 list and will not play.

People to follow throughout the season: Nate Atkins, Joel A. Erickson and Gregg Doyel. Please refresh this file for updates throughout the game.

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Jonathan Taylor rushes for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Colts total 239 yards on the ground. Taylor has 30 touchdowns in his second season.

Michael Pittman Jr. has 6 catches for 77 yards and rushes for 33. Carson Wentz passes for 158 yards and a TD to Ashton Dulin.

Indy's defense is smothering. Houston doesn't cross midfield until the final minute of the third quarter. The Colts are 31-9 against the Texans (2-10), the most lopsided rivalry in the NFL.

The Colts (7-6) get a week off before games against the New England Patriots on Dec. 18 and the Arizona Cardinals on Christmas night.

3:50 p.m. — Deon Jackson scores

The backup running back goes in with 1:56 to go. He has a way to catch Jonathan Taylor.

3:20 p.m. — Colts pad their lead

Michael Badgley hits a 23-yard field goal with 9:08 to go. Michael Pittman Jr. has a 25-yard run on the drive. Colts 24, Texans 0

3:10 p.m. — Colts lead 21-0 heading into the fourth quarter

3:05 p.m. — Texans replace their quarterback

Davis Mills is in for Houston. Tyrod Taylor was 5-of-13 for 45 yards, was intercepted on the first play of the game and was sacked twice.

Meanwhile, with the Colts ...

2:50 p.m. — Jonathan Taylor scores again

His 4-yard run caps a 5+ minute drive to start the second half. That's 24 carries, 93 yards, 2 touchdowns today. Colts 21, Texans 0

2:30 p.m. — Colts lead Texans 14-0 at halftime

Jonathan Taylor has 19 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown. Carson Wentz is 8-of-12 for 68 yards and a touchdown to Ashton Dulin.

Kenny Moore has forced 2 turnovers and Al-Quadin Muhammad has 2 sacks. Houston has 48 total yards and hasn't crossed midfield.

2:20 p.m. — Colts score a passing touchdown

Carson Wentz hits Ashton Dulin from 2 yards with 43 seconds to go in the second quarter. The Colts complete a 54-yard drive and own a double-digit lead for the 10th straight game. Colts 14, Texans 0

1:25 p.m. — Colts miss a field goal

Michael Badgley misses left from 34 yards with 4:25 left in the first quarter, his first miss with the Colts. The Colts have 45 rushing yards so far. Carson Wentz is 3-of-4 for 24 yards.

1:20 p.m. — Colts are +2 in turnovers already

Xavier Rhodes snaps up the Houston fumble, and the Colts start at their 49. Kenny Moore causes the fumble.

1:10 p.m. — Colts 'run the damn ball' and lead Texans

Jonathan Taylor takes the direct snap and runs in from 1 yard with 11:26 left in the first quarter. That's 10 games in a row with a rushing TD for JT. Drive: 6 plays, 6 runs. Colts 7, Texans 0

1:05 p.m. — Colts intercept Texans on the first play

Kenny Moore steps in front of Tyrod Taylor's sideline pass on the first snap from scrimmage. Colts get it at the Houston 29.

Dec 5, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; An Indianapolis Colts fan waits for the start of the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.
Dec 5, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; An Indianapolis Colts fan waits for the start of the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.

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This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Colts vs. Texans: Score updates, highlights, analysis in NFL Week 13

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