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NFL Game Summary - Houston at Tennessee



(Sunday, December 19th)

Final Score: Tennessee 31, Houston 17

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Kerry Collins passed for 237 yards and two touchdowns and the Tennessee Titans snapped a six-game losing streak with a 31-17 victory over the Houston Texans.

Collins threw touchdown passes to Nate Washington and Justin Gage in the first quarter and Chris Johnson scored on an 11-yard run to give the Titans a 21-0 lead in the first 13 minutes of the game.

"We got it handed to us pretty good," said Houston head coach Gary Kubiak.

Johnson rushed for 130 yards on 24 carries, while Kenny Britt caught six passes for 128 yards to help Tennessee (6-8) to its first win since October 24 over Philadelphia.

Matt Schaub was 35-of-54 for 325 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Texans (5-9), who fell to 1-7 in their last eight games. Arian Foster rushed 11 times for just 15 yards in the loss.

The teams also met in Week 12, an easy 20-0 Texans win that was mired by the fight between Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson and Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan. Tennessee quarterback Vince Young was pulled from that game, tossed his pads into the stands and argued with head Jeff Fisher.

"We just were keeping it on the gas," said Finnegan. "It was personal this week for the last time in Houston when they man-handled us."

The Titans jumped on Houston for a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.

Collins led a 60-yard drive on the game's first possession, throwing a three- yard touchdown pass to Washington. Houston turned the ball over on downs when Foster was stopped on a 4th-and-1 play, and Collins hit Britt for a 59-yard completion to the Texans' two-yard line on the next down.

He then found Gage in the back left corner of the end zone to make it 14-0, and Johnson broke a tackle on an 11-yard touchdown run about four minutes later for Tennessee's 21-point lead.

"You dig yourself that kind of hole, it's hard to dig your way out of it," said Kubiak -- and the Texans were never able to.

Houston didn't get its first points until Neil Rackers' 37-yard field goal with 5:45 remaining in the second quarter.

Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner intercepted Schaub near the end of the half and Rod Bironas kicked a 30-yard field goal to make it 24-3 at the break.

The Texans had a short week to get ready for Tennessee after losing to Baltimore in overtime on Monday night when Schaub threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

"These six days have been tough. We thought we had a good game plan," said Houston wide receiver Kevin Walter, who had seven catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Johnson caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Schaub on the first series of the second half, drawing the Texans within 24-10. Jason Allen intercepted Collins on the ensuing Titans possession, but Houston ended up punting.

Johnson broke off a 42-yard run to the Texans' seven-yard line, and Javon Ringer rushed for Tennessee's final points and a 31-10 lead with 28 seconds left in the third quarter.

Walter scored on a four-yard catch in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

Game Notes

Johnson had six catches for 58 yards. He fumbled once, and Finnegan jumped on the ball, but couldn't hold onto it. The Texans ended up retaining possession...Titans lineman Jason Babin, who played his first three NFL seasons with Houston, lined up as a fullback on the last play of the game so he could be on the field at the end. "Christmas came early for me," Babin said of beating his former team.

12/19 18:42:44 ET

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 2013 American Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-New England 12 4 0 .750 444 338 8-0 4-4 4-2 9-3
NY Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 6-2 2-6 3-3 5-7
Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 4-4 4-4 2-4 7-5
Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 339 388 4-4 2-6 3-3 5-7
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 430 305 8-0 3-5 3-3 8-4
Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 379 370 5-3 3-5 4-2 6-6
Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 6-2 2-6 3-3 6-6
Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 3-5 1-7 2-4 3-9
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 6-2 5-3 6-0 9-3
Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6
Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 1-7 3-5 3-3 4-8
Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 1-7 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 7-1 6-2 5-1 9-3
x-Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 5-3 6-2 2-4 7-5
x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6
Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 3-5 1-7 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
 2013 National Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 442 382 4-4 6-2 4-2 9-3
Dallas 8 8 0 .500 439 432 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5
NY Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 4-4 3-5 3-3 6-6
Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 2-6 1-7 0-6 1-11
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 4-3-1 4-4 3-2-1 6-5-1
Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 5-3 3-5 2-4 4-8
Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 4-4 3-5 4-2 6-6
Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 5-3 0-7-1 2-3-1 4-7-1
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 7-1 5-3 5-1 9-3
x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 8-0 3-5 5-1 9-3
Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 3-5 1-7 1-5 3-9
Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 3-5 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 7-1 6-2 4-2 10-2
x-San Francisco 12 4 0 .750 406 272 6-2 6-2 5-1 9-3
Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 6-2 4-4 2-4 6-6
St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 5-3 2-6 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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ARI 7
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BAL 10
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CWS 6
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MIN 6
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POR 112
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PIT 3
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