Texans Lose Yates; Lose to Titans 23-22 in Regular Season Finale

Wide receiver Bryant Johnston #89 of the Houston Texans leaps over cornberback Jason McCourty

The Texans regular season came to an end Sunday, and while the team will host a playoff game next weekend, there’s some major question marks about the biggest position on the field.

The Titans topped the Texans 23-22 at Reliant Stadium, wrapping up their season at 9-7, dropping the Texans to 10-6 and in the third slot in the AFC.

The QB spot is the big question mark for the Texans though, as the team Sunday was down to their fourth QB, that being former Panthers and Browns QB Jake Delhomme.

T.J. Yates was sacked on Houston’s first snap by Jurrell Casey and Derrick Morgan. He completed passes to Joel Dreessen and James Casey for first downs, before Ben Tate and Derrick Ward started alternating touches for the rest of the drive.

Tate plowed into the end zone with 5:15 left in the first quarter, but Yates came off the field favoring his left shoulder and went to the locker room. Kubiak said Yates would undergo more tests Monday, though the thought is that he should be able to play Saturday or Sunday.

The QB jogged back to the Houston sideline for the start of the second quarter. But after Rob Bironas kicked a 21-yard field goal, Delhomme returned for the Texans’ next possession.

Nate Washington caught four passes for 92 yards and a touchdown, including the game-deciding 23-yard score late in the fourth quarter, as the Titans took home the one-point win, but it wasn’t without a lot of drama.

After Washington’s touchdown, the Titans held the Texans to a punt and were going to try to run out the clock, but Ahmard Hall fumbled to give Houston the ball back at the Tennessee 36.

Delhomme found Bryant Johnson in the back of the end zone for a five-yard touchdown with 14 seconds left on the clock to bring Houston within a point.

With the No. 3 seed in the AFC already locked up and perhaps not wanting to risk an injury in overtime, the Texans went for a two-point conversion.

But Texans tight end Joel Dreessen was whistled for a false start on the first attempt and the snap sailed over Delhomme’s head on the second, with Tennessee recovering for the win.

Yates completed all four pass attempts for 47 yards in his lone drive. Delhomme completed 18-of-28 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown.

Ben Tate carried the ball 16 times for 97 yards and a score, while James Casey caught seven balls for 91 yards for the Texans.

The Texans wrap up the year with a three-game losing streak, but they are in the postseason, and now they will sit back and see who they will battle next weekend.


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