Tennessee 23, Houston 22

Sunday, January 1, 2012 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, January 1, 2012
WHERE: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
TEMPERATURE: DOME
HEAD OFFICIAL: Ron Winter
ATTENDANCE: 71512

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 0 13 3 7 23
Houston 7 3 3 9 22

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tennessee 9-7 5-3 4-4 W2
Houston 10-6 5-3 5-3 L3

Recap

Matt Hasselbeck’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington with 4 1/2 minutes remaining broke a tie and the Tennessee Titans stopped the Houston Texans on a two-point conversion with 14 seconds to go to preserve a 23-22 victory on Sunday.

The Titans (9-7), though, were eliminated from playoff contention when Denver lost to Kansas City 7-3 later Sunday.

The Texans (10-6), who are the AFC South champions and the No. 3 seed, limp into the playoffs on a three-game losing streak. They will host the No. 6 Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday in a wild card game.

Tennessee appeared ready to salt the game away but fullback Ahmard Hall fumbled at his own 36 with 1:49 remaining. Seven plays later, Jake Delhomme connected with Bryant Johnson for a 5-yard touchdown pass.

The Texans elected to go for two and after a false start moved the ball back to the 7, the ensuing snap to Delhomme sailed over his head and the Titans recovered.

Houston received a scare when rookie quarterback T.J. Yates left the game after appearing to land on his shoulder after a sack. Yates went to the locker room, but returned to the sideline. He did not come back into the game in what the Texans called a coach’s decision.

Delhomme took over to become the fourth quarterback used by the Texans this season after injuries to Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart.

Several starters were inactive for the Texans, including Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster.

Hasselbeck was 22 of 35 for 297 yards and became the 25th quarterback in NFL history to reach 33,000 yards.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Tennessee   Houston
Chris Johnson Player Ben Tate
15 Attempts 16
61 Yards 97
4.1 Avg Yards 6.1
0 Touchdowns 1
27 Long 56
Receiving
Tennessee   Houston
Nate Washington Player James Casey
4 Receptions 7
92 Yards 91
23.0 Avg Yards 13.0
1 Touchdowns 0
55 Long 21

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Tennessee 361 86 275 2 3 0 3.0 1
Houston 387 152 235 2 3 0 3.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game at home against Cincinnati . The Texans have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .625 after a loss.
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