T.J. Yates, making his first NFL start, completed 12-of-25 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown as the Texans defeated the Falcons, 17-10.  Arian Foster carried the ball 31 times for 111 yards and a touchdown for Houston, which extended its franchise-best winning streak to six games.

Andre Johnson made four grabs for 97 yards, but suffered a left hamstring injury.

Matt Ryan completed only 20-of-45 passes for 267 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Tony Gonzalez made seven catches for 100 yards for Atlanta, which had a two-game win streak end.

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  1. The Black Falcon says:

    The Falcons’ loss should not come as a surprise. That is, not to anyone who thinks critically and has not bought whole heartedly into the “Dirty Birds” hysteria.

    The Falcons’ are at best a mediocre football team. Going into week 14, they hold a 7-5 record, beating only one team with a winning record (the Titans now have a winning record, but they did not when they played the Falcons’). Mind you, the Falcons were 13-3 last year. Moreover, they retained all of their core players from last season and with the addition of Julio Jones, they should be better than they are now.

    Now for the good news. The Falcons will make the play-offs. Not because they are that good but because the rest of the NFC (with the exception of the Saints, Packers, and 49ers) are as mediocre as they are. The football Gods shined on the Falcons Sunday with Dallas, Chicago, NY Giants, and Detroit all loosing. So the wild card positioning was virtually unchanged.

    The magic number for the Falcons is 9 and I think they will get there with a win over the Jaguars and Tampa. The birds will loose to the Panthers, who are playing good football down the stretch and are looking to close the season strong. The birds will also loose to the Saints. Both of the afore mentioned games are not only division games, but also road games for the Falcons, so look for them to be close, but I think the Falcons will loose both of them.

    As for the play-offs these are my predictions. The Packers will of course get a bye and home field advantage throughout. The Saints will get a bye as well. The 49ers have won the NFC West and look for Dallas to win the NFC East. The Falcons will get a wild card and I think Detroit will the second. Chicago’s injury at QB will hurt them down the stretch and the Giants are in their usual second-half free fall. The Falcons will face either the 49ers or Cowboys in the 1st round of the play-offs. Best case scenario for the birds is if they play Dallas, then they might have a chance. If they play the 49ers, it will be one and done for the birds.

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