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T.J. Yates has been a pleasant surprise for the Houston Texans.
Will he challenge Matt Schaub for a starting job next season? No.
But is he good enough to win another playoff game? Yes.
Many have been skeptical of Yates because the Texans lost three straight games coming into the playoffs, and he hasn't had stellar numbers. But those losses weren't all his fault (and he didn't even really play in Week 17).
Truth is, Yates has really only been asked to be the game manager for the majority of his six regular-season appearances.
When the game rested upon his shoulders in Week 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Yates took the Texans down the field for a last-second victory.
Ironically, it was against the Bengals last week in the Wild Card Round that he was tested once again.
Andre Johnson has really helped open things up for the rookie quarterback, and although Yates only completed 11 passes for 159 yards, he didn't throw a pick and found Johnson down the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown.
Yates will be up against one of the best defenses in the NFL, but playing with confidence, the youngster won't be intimidated.