Originally written on ajc.com  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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 …
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