published Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Titans edge Texans 23-22, but miss out on playoffs

HOUSTON — Matt Hasselbeck threw two touchdown passes to lead the Tennessee Titans to a 23-22 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday, but the Titans still failed to make the playoffs.

The Titans (9-7) earned their first winning record since 2008 in Mike Munchak’s first season, but their postseason hopes faded when the Denver Broncos lost to Kansas City. Tennessee got some early help when the New York Jets lost in Miami.

Houston (10-6) will head into its first postseason on a three-game losing streak. The Texans were locked into the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs and coach Gary Kubiak played mostly reserves in the second half.

Rookie starter T.J. Yates left the game after one series and was replaced by Jake Delhomme. The Texans would not say if Yates was injured.

The Texans pulled within a point late in the game on a 5-yard TD pass by Delhomme, but failed on a 2-point conversion that would have won it.

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