Atlanta Falcons – 10, Houston Texans – 17
Right when the Falcons needed a win the most, Matt Ryan (277 total yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs) just wasn’t able to deliver in a hostile road environment. The Falcons now fall into a position where they’ll have to fight and scrap to try to grab a wildcard with the Saints winning yet again. TJ Yates (198 total yards, 1 TD) actually looked pretty good for a 3rdstring rookie QB; he was poised and delivered when he had to, and with the Texans defense and running game playing lights out, he may not have to do much to get the Texans into the playoffs.
No one seems to have told Tony Gonzalez (7-100) that he’s the elder statesman amongst tight ends, as he added another 100 yard receiving game to his Hall of Fame resume. Roddy White (4-51, 1 TD) also had another good game that included a score, as he looks like he’s finally turning the corner. Julio Jones (4-68) also returned to relative health and had his first decent game in more than a month.