Atlanta recovered the ball after a Falcons defensive tackle Vance Walker (99) grabbed the arm of Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates (13), causing a fumble, in first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Houston. AP
HOUSTON — T.J. Yates, who played his high school football at Pope High in Marietta, led the Houston Texans to a 17-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons before a crowd of 71,545 on Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
Yates received ample help from a stout defense and running back Arian Foster, who became the first back to rush for more than 100 yards against the Falcons in 15 games.
Yates, a 24-year old rookie, arguably out-played Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who was under duress for most of the game from Houston’s blitzing 3-4 defense.
The Falcons’ hope were dashed when Houston defensive end Antonio Smith tipped a fourth down-and-7 pass with under three minutes to play in the game.
The defense forced a punt and the Falcons got the ball back