Yates and the Texans Rally For Win in Cincinnati 20-19; Clinch Playoff Birth

The legend of rookie T.J. Yates continues to grow.

Sunday in Paul Brown Stadium, it took Yates to lead the Texans to a place they have never been able to get to before – the postseason.

It was Yates leading the Texans on their biggest drive history on Sunday, ending with a 6-yard touchdown pass with 2 seconds left for a 20-19 victory over the Bengals.

A few minutes later when the Titans were unable to finish a comeback at home against the Saints, the Texans (10-3) clinched the AFC South.

Yates led Houston 80 yards in the closing minutes hitting Kevin Walter—uncovered at the goal line—set off a celebration on the Houston sideline and a comeback win after the team trailed 16-3 at halftime.

The rookie QB ended the day 26-for-44 for 300 yards, was sacked five times, and ended with two TD passes and a pick.

The Texans D had issues with Bengals rookie Andy Dalton, as he hit Jerome Simpson down the middle for 17-yard touchdown to give the Bengals a 13-3 with about 3 minutes left in the first half.

Dalton went 16-for-28 for 189 yards, as he did his part to get the Bengals in a position to win, then the defense allowed Yates and company to work their magic to pull off the 20-19 victory.

The Texans host Cam Newton and the Panthers at home next Sunday.


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