By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) — Quarterback T.J. Yates was reliable in his first begin given that 2012. He received some support in the passing game from receiver Cecil Shorts, who threw a landing move to help the Houston Texans to a victory.
Yates tossed two TDs to DeAndre Hopkins, who experienced 118 yards obtaining, and Alfred Blue caught the move from Shorts in a 24-17 acquire in excess of the New York Jets (five-five).
The Texans (5-five) have won 3 game titles in a row for the initial time because 2012. And they did it with Yates, who threw for 229 yards in his very first begin because Jan. fifteen, 2012, in the playoffs for Houston as a rookie.
Yates, who was signed on Oct. 28 after Ryan Mallett was launched, started in spot of Brian Hoyer who was out with a concussion.
The game was tied in the 3rd quarter when the TD go by Shorts produced it 17-10. Yates and Hopkins joined up for a twenty-garden rating on the subsequent possession.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, who performed right after having surgery on his non-throwing thumb on Nov. 13, acquired New York inside 24-17 with a touchdown operate with 4 1/2 minutes remaining, but was intercepted on the next two drives to seal the acquire for Houston. Fitzpatrick was 19 of 39 for 216 yards with a touchdown in opposition to the team he started out twelve game titles for previous 12 months.
The Texans didn’t manage a first down in the fourth quarter, but held on for the acquire thanks to interceptions by Eddie Pleasurable and Andre Hal.
Hopkins tied a franchise record held by Andre Johnson with 9 acquiring landing this season. He conquer Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis frequently ahead of the cornerback left the match in the 3rd quarter with a head injury.
J.J. Watt had 8 tackles and two sacks, but it was a working day in which his perfect record on offense was blemished.
The Texans had a initial down at the 6 in the first quarter, but their offense stalled following that and they settled for a twenty-yard area purpose to take a three- direct. Watt got in on offense on that push and for the first time in his occupation failed to capture a move thrown to him.
He arrived in on 2nd-and-two from the 2-property line and Yates focused him in the corner of the conclude zone. But he couldn’t grab the ball underneath hefty stress from Calvin Pryor.
It was the fourth time in his job he’d had a pass thrown to him and had reeled in every of the prior three for touchdowns. All of those scores arrived very last period.
Shorts, a quarterback early in his higher education career at Mount Union, took a lateral from Yates and tossed a 21-yard touchdown move to a wide-open up Blue to make it 17-ten with about eight minutes still left in the 3rd quarter.
Shorts was the star of that whole drive, grabbing a 16-property reception on 3rd-and-13 before grabbing a 35-garden reception on the up coming engage in. He took a direct snap and ran for five yards two performs prior to the TD throw.
The Texans manufactured it 24-ten when Hopkins caught a 20-garden landing go late in the 3rd quarter.
The Jets tied at ten-ten early in the third when Fitzpatrick linked with Brandon Marshall for a 21-yard landing. New York obtained a enhance on that drive from a forty four-lawn move interference penalty on Quintin Demps.
Hopkins set the Texans on prime when he obtained in front of Revis and grabbed a sixty one-lawn touchdown reception to make it ten-three with about three minutes still left in the 1st 50 %. The enjoy arrived two performs following an additional big capture by Hopkins, where he yet again beat Revis and snagged the ball one-handed for an 18-garden acquire.
Williams sacked Yates, who fumbled the ball in the second quarter. Williams pounced on it to give New York the ball close to midfield. Randy Bullock, who was lower by the Texans earlier this season, produced a forty-property subject objective to tie it at three with about nine minutes left in the 2nd.
NOTES: Jets C Nick Mangold still left in the very first quarter with a hand damage and didn’t return. … Houston CB A.J. Bouye didn’t return following leaving in the next quarter to be evaluated for a concussion.
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