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Refocused: Indianapolis Colts 22, Houston Texans 13

Nov 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts strong safety Matthias Farley (41) reacts after a defensive play during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts used a Week 17 win to jump out of the AFC South cellar, beating the Houston Texans 22-13 Sunday to jump over the Texans in the standings by a tiebreaker, with both teams finishing the season 4-12.

The Colts trailed 13-7 at halftime, but had a Marlon Mack touchdown, two field goals, and a safety in the second half while holding Houston scoreless to end the season on a moderate high not.

With that, we give you our PFF-exclusive takeaways from the contest for each team.

Top 5 Grades:

T Julien Davenport, 81.9 overall grade

LB Benardrick McKinney, 79.3 overall grade

LB Dylan Cole, 79.1 overall grade

WR Chris Thompson, 78.6 overall grade

CB Kareem Jackson, 77.4 overall grade

Performances of note:

QB T.J. Yates, 55.8 overall grade

In a game that seemed like both teams were just trying to run out their seasons, Yates played incredibly conservatively. He threw just four passes beyond 20 yards downfield and completed just one, though that completion was easily his most impressive throw of the day. Yates really struggled under pressure, completing just 2-of-7 passes for 16 yards and an interception on such plays.

WR Chris Thompson, 78.6 overall grade

Thompson made the most of his limited snaps, turning all three targets he saw into catches. All three receptions were for first downs, two of which he had to make plays after the catch to pick them up. He averaged 2.45 yards per route run for the game.

LB Zach Cunningham, 50.6 overall grade

On one hand, Cunningham was able to be effective, allowing four catches for 22 yards on five targets with just one play going over five yards and also recording five stops and seven tackles. However, on the other, he missed two tackles and was able to be blocked out of the play.

CB Kareem Jackson, 77.4 overall grade

Both starting cornerbacks for the Texans were able to shut down the Colts passing attacks as Jackson and Johnathan Joseph allowed three catches for 13 yards on eight targets combined. Jackson separated himself from Joseph by breaking up two passes and only allowing one reception for eight yards on three targets.

Top 5 Grades:

S Matthias Farley, 89.3 overall grade

S T.J. Green, 85.7 overall grade

CB Quincy Wilson, 84.2 overall grade

RB Frank Gore, 83.0 overall grade

DI Al Woods, 81.4 overall grade

Performances of note:

RB Frank Gore, 83.0 overall grade

In a game devoid of much in the way of impressive offensive plays, Gore was easily the most consistent player on the Colts offense, as he was able to keep the Colts ahead of the chains for most of the game. Gore broke three tackles and gained 58 yards after contact on 24 carries

QB Jacoby Brissett, 66.7 overall grade

Brissett did very little to excite the game, as most of his 25 attempts were under 10 yards (only six passes over 10 yards with 2 completions). At the same time, Brissett didn't put the ball in any danger, letting the run game and defense win it for the Colts

S Matthias Farley, 89.3 overall grade

Farley had a big day as a run defender, finishing the day with a 94.8 run-defense grade that led both teams. He made four solo run stops in the game and had multiple other impact plays. He also added a quarterback hit on one of his two pass rushes.

CB Quincy Wilson, 84.2 overall grade

Wilson came up big in this game for the Colts defense and finished with a coverage grade of 83.4. Wilson was targeted five times in coverage and allowed just two receptions for a mere 15 yards. He was draped all over his man all game, and was rewarded with a late interception on the last play of the game.

PFF Game Ball: Matthias Farley, S

*Grades subject to change

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