Houston 17, Atlanta 10

Sunday, December 4, 2011 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, December 4, 2011
WHERE: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
TEMPERATURE: DOME
HEAD OFFICIAL: Bill Leavy
ATTENDANCE: 71545

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Atlanta 0 3 7 0 10
Houston 3 7 0 7 17

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Atlanta 7-5 4-2 3-3 L1
Houston 9-3 5-1 4-2 W6

Recap


Arian Foster rushed for 111 yards and the winning touchdown and rookie quarterback T.J. Yates won in his first NFL start as the Houston Texans continued to win despite a revolving door under center, beating the visiting Atlanta Falcons 17-10 on Sunday at Reliant Stadium.

The Falcons (7-5) drove inside the Texans' 30 in the final minute, but two shots into the end zone fell incomplete on the final two plays.

The Texans (9-3) continue to stay in control of the AFC South race despite losing starting quarterback Matt Schaub to a season-ending foot injury two weeks ago and putting his replacement, Matt Leinart, on injured reserve with a broken collarbone last week.

Yates, a former North Carolina player, became the first Tar Heel to start at quarterback in NFL history, and he made his first start a memorable one. He completed only 12 of 25 passes for 188 yards but tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Joel Dreessen in the second quarter and did not throw an interception.

The Falcons (7-5) lost for only the second time in seven games, dealing a blow to their hopes of catching NFC South leader New Orleans and damaging their chances of earning a wild card.

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez had seven catches for 100 yards, giving him an NFL-record 13 consecutive seasons with 60 or more catches.

Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, playing in only his second game since missing seven games with a hamstring injury, had four catches for 97 yards but left in the second half with an apparent hamstring injury.

The loss snapped a streak of five consecutive wins against AFC teams for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who threw a pair of first-half interceptions.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Atlanta   Houston
Michael Turner Player Arian Foster
14 Attempts 31
44 Yards 111
3.1 Avg Yards 3.6
0 Touchdowns 1
16 Long 18
Receiving
Atlanta   Houston
Tony Gonzalez Player Andre Johnson
7 Receptions 4
100 Yards 97
14.3 Avg Yards 24.2
0 Touchdowns 0
26 Long 50

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Atlanta 337 70 267 1 1 0 3.0 1
Houston 337 162 175 2 1 2 0.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game on the road against Cincinnati. The Texans have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .750 after a loss.
  • Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Falcons have a W/L % of .583 after a win and .583 after a loss.
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