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Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans Post-Game Report

By Kyle Fitta     Dec 14, 2010 in Sports
A game where it seemed that the Ravens were going to completely dictate , turned into an astounding comeback by the Houston Texans that came up just a bit short.
The Baltimore Ravens were completely dominating the Houston Texans in the first-half (minus Texans' last drive before the half for a touchdown) and on the kick-off return by David Reed for an impressive 103 yards in the start of the 3rd quarter. However, the Texans didn't quit or die, and took what the Ravens gave them. They cut down the score down to 28-13 with two field-goals by Neil Rackers in the third quarter. The second worst defense in giving up passing yards stepped up on every Ravens' drive in the second half. They did this by attacking Ravens' weak offensive-line, taking pressure of their own weak secondary, and getting into Joe Flacco's grill. Their offense then put together two impressive touchdowns (first one 99 yards; second one 95 yards) and then executed a 2-point conversion to tie up this dramatic game (28-28). In overtime, the Ravens got the ball, but weren't able to put up points on the board. Thus, Steve Koch had to punt the ball, and like he did all game, he kicked a beautiful punt that landed inside the 2 yard-line. On second down and ten, Matt Schaub made a poor decision by throwing a ball into coverage to Josh Wilson, Ravens' cornerback, for a pick six to win the game 34-28.
Matt Schaub (31/62 with 392 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 picks, and a 72.8 quarterback rating) played an outstanding second half against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL this year. He, for the most part, made terrific throws and decisions, and did an outstanding job of exploiting Ravens' flaws. Adrian Foster, arguably the best running-back in the NFL, had another solid performance with 20 carries for 100 yards. Andre Johnson had another outstanding game with 9 catches and 142 yards. All together, the Texans put up 489 yards.
On the other side of the ball, the Ravens put up 253 yards with Flacco going 22/33 with 235 yards, two touchdowns, and a 107.5 passing rating. Ray Rice ran the ball 19 times for 55 yards and had 8 catches for 66 yards. Derek Mason had 6 catches for 78 yards.
The Texans dominated both sides of the ball, gaining 254 more yards than the Ravens. However, the only main place the Ravens beat the Texans was in special-teams. The Ravens had a 103 kick-return and Billy Cundiff put 3/5 kicks into Texans' end-zone with the other two not being returned past the 25. Sam Koch punted the ball amazingly, averaging 45 yards per punt and putting the Texans three times between the goal-line and the 5 yard-line.
This win puts the Ravens a half of a game closer to the Steelers in the division and puts them in the 5th seed for the playoffs. For the Texans, this game knocks them out of the playoffs, as they sit 5-8 in third place in their division.
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