The Indianapolis Colts may have given the Pittsburgh Steelers an early Christmas present tonight as they knocked off the Houston Texans 19-16 in the closing seconds of Thursday night football. The Colts trailed the entire game until Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky hit wide receiver Reggie Wayne for a 1 yard touchdown with 19 seconds left in the game to give the Colts the improbable win.
The loss by the Texans drops them to 10-5 on the season and it could cost them a first round bye in the playoffs as well. The Steelers could benefit from the Texans loss should they run the table against the St. Louis Rams and the Cleveland Browns, and the Baltimore Ravens lose one of their final two games against either the Browns or the Cincinnati Bengals. Should that happen, the Steelers would win the AFC North and at worst be the #2 seed and that would mean a first round bye in the playoffs. The Steelers must win the division though.
The Ravens received some bad news today as it was reported that wide receiver Anquan Boldin will be out for at least the final two weeks of the regular season after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in his knee. The Ravens will likely have to rely heavily on their defense and running back Ray Rice for the next two weeks and their week 17 game against the Bengals could be an interesting game.