Houston (CBS Houston) – The Houston Texans remain alive in the their quest to make the playoffs as they beat the Baltimore Ravens today 25-13.
The Texans defense stifled Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco from the start of the game. Flacco would finish the day 21-50 with just 195 passing, two touchdowns and three interceptions. The Texans were able to convert all of the Ravens turnovers into points, scoring 13 points off the three Flacco interceptions.
Case Keenum would get the start for the Texans today and the offense looked unique to his skill set. After plenty of interesting wrinkles, including direct snaps to Arian Foster, the Texans first drive of the game stalled out and ended in the first score of the day via Randy Bullock’s 35-yard field goal to give the Texans a 3-0 early lead.
The Texans defense would force a punt before bad news struck the offense. Brandon Brooks would leave the game with an injury to his left ankle. Tyson Clabo would take over at right tackle while Derek Newton would bump down to right guard. Case Keenum would then throw an interception to Ravens safety Darian Stewart.
The Texans would have another drive stall in the red zone which led to another Randy Bullock field goal, this one a 25-yard field goal, to extend their lead to 6-0.
On the Texans next offensive drive Andre Johnson would catch the 1,000th pass of his career. He is the 10th player to accomplish the feat.
The teams would trade punts until the Texans defense came up big late in the second quarter. Jared Crick would tip a Joe Flacco pass which came down into the arms of A.J. Bouye. The Texans would settle for a 30-yard field goal to make it 9-0.
The ensuing Ravens drive would again end with an interception as Kareem Jackson would pick Flacco off this time. The Texans would get tricky to finally get in the end zone.
Arian Foster looked to be running a sweep but would end up throwing the ball to tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz in the end zone for a touchdown. The Texans would take their 16-0 lead into halftime.
After a Ravens punt the Texans allowed a big return by the Ravens on their punt setting up a first and goal for Baltimore. Baltimore would turn their short field into a Torrey Smith touchdown catch to make it 16-7 after the extra point.
Case Keenum would fumble on third down the following drive allowing the Ravens to take over deep in the Texans territory once again. The play would be reversed upon further review and the Texans would punt to keep the Ravens away from their territory.
Joe Flacco would throw his third interception of the day, again to Kareem Jackson, allowing the Texans to takeover in the red zone. The Texans would stall once again leading to Randy Bullock’s fourth field goal of the day. The Texans would lead 19-7 at the 8:04 mark in the third quarter. They would maintain that lead heading into the final quarter.
Randy Bullock’s fifth field goal of the day began the fourth quarter and extended the Texans lead to 22-7. The Ravens next drive would come to an end when they failed to convert on fourth down.
The Texans would again end a drive with the foot of Randy Bullock as he hit his sixth field goal, a Texans record, to give the Texans a 25-7 lead.
The Ravens wouldn’t end there as Torrey Smith would take a short pass to the house but the Ravens would fail on the two-point conversion thanks to a J.J. Watt tackle. 25-13 would be the Texans lead after the failed conversion.
With the Ravens trailing by 13 late, they tried an onside kick that was recovered by the Texans. Shane Lechler would pin the Ravens on their own one yard-line after the Texans went three and out. The Baltimore drive would end mid-field as the Ravens failed to convert on fourth down thanks to a Watt sack. The sack allowed Watt to pass former Texans defensive lineman Mario Williams for the franchise lead in sacks. It was also Watt’s 17.5 sack of the year.
The win by the Texans moves their record to 8-7 on the season. They host the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday. The Texans can still make the playoffs, but would need some help this week and next, along with their own win next week over Jacksonville.
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