Flacco Lifts Ravens Past Mistake-Prone Texans
NFL Divisional Playoffs
Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and the Baltimore Ravens came up with enough plays on defense to post a 20-13 victory over the Houston Texans in the AFC divisional round playoff matchup Sunday.
Billy Cundiff kicked a pair of field goals and Lardarius Webb had two interceptions to help the Ravens (13-4) advance to the AFC Championship Game next Sunday at New England.
The Texans (11-7) fought back and had a couple chances to tie the game late but ended up losing to the Ravens for the second time this season.
Ravens safety Ed Reed intercepted Texans rookie quarterback T.J. Yates with 1:51 to play down at the Baltimore 3.
Yates had one final chance but a Hail Mary pass with 10 seconds to play was deflected and knocked down to clinch Baltimore's first home playoff victory since its Super Bowl-winning season of 2000.
Turnoves did the Texans in as the Ravens opened up a 17-3 lead after the first quarter. Houston's defense sacked Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco five times and limited Ray Rice to 60 yards on 21 carries.
Yates threw three interceptions including one on the first quarter that gave the Ravens good field position and led to a 10-yard TD pass from Flacco to Anquan Boldin that made it 17-3.
Ravens Top Texans, Advance to AFC Title Game
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