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NFL: Houston 17, Atlanta 10

Dec. 4, 2011 at 5:31 PM

HOUSTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Quarterback T.J. Yates performed well in his first NFL start and Arian Foster scored the go-ahead touchdown Sunday in Houston's 17-10 decision over Atlanta.

The rookie signal-caller connected on 12-of-25 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown and didn't throw an interception for the Texans (9-3), who strengthened their hold on first place in the AFC South with the win.

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Yates was starting behind center after both Matt Shaub and backup Matt Leinart went down with injuries.

Foster scored on a 1-yard run to cap a 19-play, 85-yard drive 6 minutes into the fourth quarter, breaking a 10-10 tie putting Houston ahead for good. He carried the ball 31 times for 111 yards.

Houston's defense intercepted Atlanta's Matt Ryan twice, limiting him to 20-of-45 passing for 267 yards.

Michael Turner also couldn't get on track for Atlanta (7-5), managing only 44 yards rushing.

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