NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24: Jared Cook #89 of the Tennessee Titans runs for a touchdown during the NFL game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at LP Field on December 24, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The Tennessee Titans stayed alive in the 2011 NFL playoffs chase, despite the Houston Texans' best efforts.
The Titans didn't secure their 23-22 win until an errant snap over Jake Delhomme's head scuttled the Texans' two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter, but secure it they did, behind Matt Hasselbeck's 297 yards and two touchdowns through the air and the steady play of Rob Bironas, who connected on three field goals.
Houston did what it could, with Arian Foster sitting and T.J. Yates sent to the bench by a shoulder injury, but Delhomme and Ben Tate couldn't quite muster enough offense to close the door on the Titans. Delhomme threw for 211 yards and a touchdown in relief of Yates, and Tate ran for 97 yards and a touchdown.
The Titans moved to 9-7 with the win, and could now earn the No. 6 seed with a loss by the Bengals on Sunday afternoon. The Texans fell to 10-6 on the year, but had the AFC South and the No. 3 seed locked up entering Week 17.