10 interceptions: Yates' pick-six

We are past the halfway point in the first week of our examination of 10 plays that shaped the Texans' 2013 season.

These tell the tale of how Houston wound up with the first overall pick in this year's draft.

As I began examining plays, I realized most of them were interceptions. So we narrowed our focus from 10 plays overall to 10 interceptions.

7. Yates' pick six

This play had a bit of an unfair consequence for the man who began the 2013 season as the Texans' backup quarterback.

Down 25 points against the St. Louis Rams, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub suffered a foot and ankle injury. It was one week after a loss to San Francisco in which Schaub had thrown three interceptions and been benched. Though his play was less shaky against the Rams, the Texans only had two field goals without Schaub.

Cheers from fans began as Schaub still lay on the ground, then grew when T.J. Yates entered the game. Yates, though, threw an interception to Rams' linebacker Alec Ogletree that he returned 98 yards for a touchdown.

It became the fifth consecutive week a Texans quarterback had thrown a pick six -- an NFL record.

Had Yates' stint that day gone better, there's a great chance he might have gotten the starting nod in the following week against Kansas City. Instead, with the Texans looking for a spark, the Case Keenum era began.