T.J. Yates took over in the third quarter after Brian Hoyer suffered a concussion and led the Houston Texans to a 10-6 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night, throwing the touchdown pass that knocked the Bengals out of the ranks of the NFL's unbeaten.
The Bengals (8-1) were trying to make NFL history and join New England and Carolina at 9-0 — there's never been such a trio. A backup quarterback with a history of beating them got in the way.
Yates beat them twice as a rookie during the 2011 season, including a first-round playoff victory that was the Texans' first. That experience helped get him through his impromptu performance Monday.