Colts 28, Texans 16

Pagano enjoys his return to sideline

INDIANAPOLIS — Chuck Pagano put on his dancing shoes and savored every moment.

He signaled Colts touchdowns, patted Deji Karim on the helmet after a 101-yard kickoff return for a game-changing touchdown, and gestured for penalty flags.

And after Indianapolis beat Houston, Pagano jumped around with players, assistants and team owner Jim Irsay like he was a kid.

Why not?

"There was a lot of high-fiving, a lot of dancing, a lot of hugging going on and a lot of celebrating," an emotional Pagano said.

It was his first game back on the sideline after taking leave to undergo three rounds of chemotherapy for leukemia.

"Man, this has been a great year, a storybook ending," Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne said. "Let's keep it going (in the playoffs). Hopefully we can continue to write this movie."

The Texans fell from No. 1 in the AFC to the No. 3 seed, denying them a bye week.

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