Ka'imi Fairbairn took advantage of his final chance Sunday

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Ka'imi Fairbairn took advantage of his final chance Sunday

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The third-year kicker missed a 59-yarder to win the game at the end of regulation Authentic Darius Leonard Jersey , then a 37-yarder near the end of overtime. But the Indianapolis Colts had called timeout just before that one, and Fairbairn finally made the decisive kick as time expired to help Houston snap the league's longest losing streak with a 37-34 victory at Indianapolis."It was a rollercoaster. I was just trying to steady," Fairbairn said. "That's exactly what we needed."Nothing went according to the script.Just moments earlier, Adam Vinatieri, the NFL's new career field goals leader, thought he might get to it.But after Andrew Luck bounced a short pass to Chester Rogers on fourth-and-4 from his own 43-yard line, Deshaun Watson got the ball back with 24 seconds left and no timeouts and found DeAndre Hopkins for a 24-yard completion to get Fairbairn into position.His first try sailed wide as the crowd roared. But coach Frank Reich called timeout in an effort to ice Fairbairn, who made the second one .The bigger question, though, was about Reich's decision to go for it rather than punt and settle for a tie."We're not playing to tie," Reich said. "We're going for that 10 times out of 10. That (play) has just got to work."When it didn't, the Texans' nine-game losing streak was over with their first win since Nov. 19.The most promising news for Houston (1-3), though, was that Watson & Co. appeared to be in sync.Watson finished 29 of 42 with 375 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while running six times for 41 yards and another score. He connected with Hopkins 10 times for 169 yards and a score, and Keke Coutee 11 times for 109 yards. And Watson made enough plays late in regulation and overtime to give Fairbairn a chance.The Texans' defense harassed Luck all day Authentic J'Marcus Webb Jersey , sacking him four times, limited Indy's ground game to just 41 yards on 17 carries and converted two turnovers into 14 points."It was very unconventional, but we'll take it," J.J. Watt said after recording two more sacks and becoming the second-fastest in league history to 80.It's the third time in four weeks Indy (1-3) has fallen short in the closing minutes, this one spoiling Vinatieri's milestone day.The 45-year-old kicker became the league's career leader in field goals when he made a 42-yarder with 2 seconds left in the first half. He extended the mark to 567 with a 44-yarder that gave Indy a 34-31 lead with 6 minutes left in overtime.Vinatieri moved past Hall of Famer Morten Andersen, who had 565 career field goals.But Fairbairn tied the score with a 29-yard kick and won it with the 37-yarder.Luck was 40 of 62 for a career-high 464 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions but lamented his last throw."I did not get the ball to Chester to make the play and I'm sick about it," he said.Still, Luck gave Indy a chance after trailing 28-7 midway through the third quarter.He threw a 14-yard TD pass to Nyheim Hines, a 5-yard TD pass to Eric Ebron and a 9-yard TD pass to Hines before tying the score at 31 with a 2-point conversion pass to Rogers with 45 seconds to go in regulation.Vinatieri's overtime field goal gave Indy a 34-31 lead but the defense couldn't close it out."Any time you win a game, no matter how you win it, it's great," Hopkins said. "We knew what we were up against. We had to go out and finish it."RECORD WATCHVinatieri also tied Gary Anderson for the second-most field-goal attempts in league history with 672, but he wasn't the only record-breaker.Luck broke the Colts' single-game franchise record for attempts, tied the franchise mark for completions, wound up second in franchise history for single-game yards and came within a whisker of tying the franchise's largest regular-season comeback (21).Watt recorded two sacks in his second straight game, extending his own record to seven. And Coutee broke Andre Johnson's franchise record for most receptions (six) in an NFL debut.INJURY REPORTTexans: Hopkins started despite dealing with thumb www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com , ankle and hamstring injuries all week. Will Fuller V left with a hamstring injury late in the first half and linebacker Brian Peters did not return after injuring his ankle.Colts: Hilton suffered a chest injury in the first half and cornerback Kenny Moore II left with a concussion. Hilton returned but left later after hurting his hamstring.UP NEXTTexans: Host cross-state rival Dallas next Sunday night.Colts: Head to New England on Thursday night.Colts’ DE Tarell Basham desperately needs strong finish to preseason This was supposed to be his season. His year to show what he can really do. His ‘now he’s in the right system’ season where he proves Chris Ballard right in regards to the potential he saw in him. So far, it has been anything but for 2017 third-round pick, Tarell Basham.With Chuck Pagano still in the picture last season, and his 2-gap, ‘attacking 3-4 hybrid’ scheme — or whatever that crap was called — in place, Basham wasn’t drafted to be a true fit immediately. He was drafted in the third round to show off some of the athleticism, instincts and speed, sharpen his technique and be a contributor for a year, then fit into Ballard’s vision for a 4-man front as the turnover came through.First and foremost, I don’t believe Ballard envisioned this year’s Colts defense to be a Tampa-2 coverage scheme. Rather, I’d make the argument that Malik Hooker, Quincy Wilson Basham and Nate Hairston paired with Jabaal Sheard and other free agency acquisitions were likely to be a better fit for more of a heavy cover-3 approach considering some of the existing talent already on the roster like Clayton Geathers.The Josh McDaniels fiasco changed all of that I’d guess, nevertheless, most of the above mentioned talent could easily fit into what the Colts currently are running under Matt Eberflus. Not all of Ballard’s draft picks have yielded great returns as of yet, but Basham may be the most concerning and appears to be going in the wrong direction in terms of the depth chart.Basham improved as the year went on last season, but not nearly as much as the Colts would have liked. He was playing in a completely new system from anything he’d been in before. He’d only played in a 4-man front as an edge rusher in high school and college.So Indianapolis Colts T-Shirt , what’s going on with him??Basham was the first-team defensive end, opposite Sheard, throughout the entire offseason program. It was a given; he was going to be the bookend to end the pitiful past few seasons of sack production. Now? He’s working with the threes, and isn’t getting a great vote of confidence from his coordinator either if you ask me.Solid? Okay, I actually think that that’s a fairly good description of what Basham has been in camp to this point. But, ‘solid’ is in no way an inference for ‘good’ by any stretch. Rookie Kemoko Turay was running with the ones for a few days before the Colts released their initial depth chart, he went down and Margus Hunt began getting those reps... not Basham.John Simon and Anthony Johnson have been getting some of the reps that one would presume Basham should be getting as well. Now, the Colts have Ryan Delaire who has been awfully impressive in his short time with the team after being signed earlier in the week.Here are the rest of what Eberflus had to offer about Basham, then I want to show you something.First of all, that seems like a lot of work needed for a second-year player who is supposed to be in his wheelhouse within the new system. And Eberflus clearly doesn’t want to say it, but with this response he’s telling us that he’s quite disappointed in Basham’s lack of progression.Now look at what he has to say about rookie linebacker Zaire Franklin:Franklin isn’t an edge player, but you don’t need the audio to tell you that Eberflus didn’t have much positive to say about Basham. Franklin’s attributes just flow out so effortlessly. But, “we’ll see where he goes from there” when it comes to Basham. That should tell us a lot about where he actually is at in his progression.Look, good on Basham if he’s a hard worker. I was really excited about his potential coming into the draft and was almost giddy when Ballard drafted him. But, something has to click soon, right?Basham totaled 7 tackles and 2 sacks in 15 games last season Indianapolis Colts Hats , and he is now in a scheme that best suits his attributes. Not to mention, Basham has instant access to one of the best ever to rush the passer in Robert Mathis teaching him every day. But, please, someone tell Basham that the preseason has already started and he doesn’t look to be anywhere near contention to be a starter right now.The Colts are set to finish up their final three preseason games in an 11-day span starting Monday and, for Basham, that isn’t a great deal of time. We’ve seen his burst off the line, there’s nothing wrong with that. But, he relies almost solely on his strength, lacks an elite initial move and bend, and has yet to prove that he can generate an effective counter move to win against average NFL tackles.Basham cannot waste any more time. He must have some impressive showings over the next two weeks — which includes joint practices with the Ravens — and show his coaching staff the potential to make a leap this year. If he can’t, the Colts pass rush off the edge might just be miserable yet again.

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