A tiresome season finale did nothing to bolster the argument to keep Pagano or Texans coach Bill O'Brien, who also has been under fire.
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.
Chuck Pagano is likely coaching his last game with the Colts and he may finish his tenure on a seven-game losing streak.
An example of veteran wiles: Neither Hilton nor Joseph threw a close-fisted punch, which might be how they avoided both ejection and injury to their hands.
Offsetting penalties were called but amazingly, neither player was ejected. The Colts are averaging just 16.1 points and 308.5 yards per game this season on offense.
Frank Gore needed 139 yards rushing for his second straight 1,000 yard season. Standout rookie Malik Hooker tore his ACL early in the season, running back Robert Turbin suffered an elbow injury, and starting center Ryan Kelly faced a plethora of injuries all year long. Yates finished with 14 completions in 24 attempts for 137 yards and was intercepted on the game's last play.
The 83rd NFL Draft will take place on April 26-28 at the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, marking the first time in history that it will be held at an NFL stadium. T.Y. Hilton also had arguably his best game of the season, with 5 receptions for 175 yards and two touchdowns.