HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 18: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a touchdown against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Carolina Panthers got a rare win in Week 15, rising up to surprise the AFC South champion Houston Texans.
Richie Brockel scored his first NFL touchdown on a fumblerooski in the second quarter to give the Panthers a commanding 21-0 lead over Houston, and the Panthers' often porous defense forced three turnovers to short-circuit the Texans in a 28-13 win.
T.J. Yates struggled in his third start since replacing Matt Leinart, throwing for 212 yards and two interceptions. Arian Foster had 109 yards and a touchdown on the ground, and added five catches for 58 yards out of the backfield.
With the win, Carolina improves to 5-9 in 2011, while the Texans, already the AFC South champions, lost a bit of ground in the race for a first round bye in the AFC playoffs.
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