T.J. Yates finally realized he’s a rookie fifth-round pick.
The defense didn’t help him, either. Carolina had been a turnover machine, especially in the second half this season when the Panthers have been notorious for giving it away and blowing leads and losing.
Not Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
The Panthers wanted to win a whole lot more than the Texans, who lost 28-13 in a wretched performance.
The loss hurts the AFC South division champ’s chances at a first-round bye. They are competing with Baltimore, New England and Pittsburgh for the two first-round byes.
Carolina played like a team that clinched its division title and first playoff appearance last week. The Texans played like losers, 6-10 losers of last year.
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