Ravens in playoff position after topping Texans
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[November 28, 2017]
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Ravens executed a fake punt that led to a Javorius "Buck" Allen
touchdown, and Alex Collins ran for another score in Baltimore's
23-16 victory over the Houston Texans on Monday night.
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs also came up with huge play, a
strip-sack of Texans quarterback Tom Savage late in the fourth
quarter. The fumble was recovered by Baltimore defensive tackle
The Ravens (6-5) have consecutive wins for the first time since the
opening two weeks of the season, and they retook the sixth and final
AFC playoff spot.
Baltimore overcame a huge performance by Texans receiver DeAndre
Hopkins, who caught seven passes for 125 yards.
Baltimore is 12-1 in night games at home since coach John Harbaugh
took over the team in 2008. The Ravens have also won 10 consecutive
prime-time matchups at M&T Bank Stadium, the longest streak in the
Houston (4-7) pulled to within 20-16 on a 37-yard field goal by
Ka'imi Fairbairn with 8:36 remaining in the game. The Texans were
driving again on their next possession, but Suggs' strip-sack led to
a 49-yard field goal by Justin Tucker that gave Baltimore the 23-16
Ravens safety Anthony Levine sealed the win with the first
interception of his career with just over two minutes left.
Baltimore's Joe Flacco completed 20 of 32 passes for 141 yards and
had a key 25-yard run on the game's final possession.
The Ravens had three takeaways, giving them an NFL-leading 26.
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Ravens running back Alex Collins (34) runs along the side line as
Houston Texans safety Andre Hal (29) defends during the third
quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore Ravens defeated Houston
Texans 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Savage, filling for the injured Deshaun Watson, was 22 of 37 for 252
yards with two interceptions.
The Ravens' defense had three penalties for 39 yards on the Texans'
opening drive. That helped set up a four-yard touchdown run by Lamar
Baltimore got a spark when Sam Koch threw a 22-yard pass to Chris
Moore on a fake punt early in the second quarter. Two plays later,
Allen tied the game on a 10-yard run.
An interception by safety Tony Jefferson and a 29-yard run by
Collins on a fourth-and-1 set up the Ravens' next score. Collins
capped the drive with an 8-yard run, and Baltimore had its first
lead, 14-7, with 6:44 left in the half.
Fairbairn and Tucker traded field goals in the final two minutes,
and the Ravens led 17-10 at the break.
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