The win gave the Colts possession of third place in the AFC South and the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
In their week 9 matchup, quarterback Jacoby Brissett had one of his best games of the season, completing 20 of 30 pass attempts for 308 yards and two touchdowns. Tom Savage started that game for the Texans, but he is also now injured, and it is likely that the Texans will start T.J. Yates at quarterback against the Colts in this game. Brissett threw a pair of scoring passes in that game to T.Y. Hilton and surpassed 300 yards for the only time in his career.
The Cleveland Browns had the first pick locked up for the second consecutive year heading into Week 17 while the Giants and Colts were in contention for second and third.
A boring season finale did nothing to bolster the argument to keep Pagano or O'Brien, who also has been under fire.
"It's brutal", coach Bill O'Brien said when asked about the Texans' record.
Indy finished the drive with Mack's TD run.
Adam Vinatieri made field goals from 54 and 22 yards in the fourth quarter. As a matter of fact, the first-and-10 play for Indianapolis was a simple handoff to Frank Gore that went for nine yards. He returned later and finished with 24 carries for 100 yards.
NOTES: Colts CB Kenny Moore suffered a concussion in the first half. Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins was inactive because of a calf injury.