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Monday, 16 January 2012

Ravens Defense Holds Off Texans

The first game on Sunday featured the fierce defense of the Baltimore Ravens and the wild card winners Houston Texans. The Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals last week 31-10 at home to secure their spot in the AFC Divisional round. The Texans were led by rookie quarterback T.J Yates who started the last six games after starting quarterback Matt Schaub went down in week 10 with a serious foot injury. Yates ended the season with a three game losing streak but the Texans won the wild card spot due to the scenarios which enabled them to continue on into the playoffs.

The Baltimore Ravens defense was fired up. They forced four turnovers and scored 14 points off of them. Quarterback Joe Flacco looked unimpressive in the victory. He coughed up the ball in the first quarter but no points scored by the Texans off of it. He completed 14 of 27 passes for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns meanwhile rookie quarterback TJ Yates finished off the game 17 of 35 for 184 yards and three interceptions.

Running back Arian Foster was the catalyst for the Texans. He made a tremendous one handed catch towards the end of the second quarter and broke a few good runs throughout the game. At times it was hard for the Baltimore defense to contain him but he had a great game. He had 27 rushes for 132 yards and one touchdown.

In the third quarter the Ravens went for a crucial fourth and goal where prior to the Ravens went with Ray Rice to run the ball into the end zone. They failed to get it in from the one yard line due to a great goal line stance by the Texans defense. The Texans got the ball back and Yates went to work with his offense. They began driving down the field until Yates got intercepted by Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb.

Flacco was able to get his team in field goal range to increase the lead to 7 points. The Texans were able to get the ball back with two minutes left in the fourth quarter but the third time was the charm for Ed Reed when he picked off Yates in the corner of the end zone. The Texans were able to get the ball one last time, with 20 seconds left on the clock, Yates threw it into the corner of the end zone but Reed broke up the pass thereby stamping the Ravens ticket to the AFC Championship to face their rivals the New England Patriots in Foxboro.

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