Ravens Beat Texans

January 16, 2012 | Michael Schwartz

The Ravens beat the Houston Texans in the Divisional round of the playoffs to improve their home record to 9-0 on the year. The first quarter was all Ravens, and they led 17-3. However, they didn’t do much after that. The Ravens had three dropped passes in the first quarter. Torrey Smith missed a deep pass that Flacco threw perfectly. Boldin dropped a pass that was thrown to the outside, and this has become more and more common for Boldin. He usually doesn’t drop passes, but he continually drops passes. Ed Dickson had a dropped pass after Flacco hit him in the middle of the field. It was a great pass, but Dickson couldn’t hang on to it.

The Ravens had trouble stopping the run, but the Texans ran under 50 percent of the game. That was the key to the Texans winning, but it didn’t matter. The Texans were running the ball well when they ran it, but they did not continue running because they were down. The Texans also didn’t allow pressure to Yates and that is another thing that could let them win. Yates was not sacked at all and he was hit a few times. The Texans offensive line contained Terrell Suggs.

T.J Yates had trouble throwing the ball all day. Ed Reed played very well against the rookie quarterback. Reed had one interception but could have had three. He dropped two that he would usually have. Lardarius Webb had two interceptions off of plays where he jumped the route. Webb should have made the Pro Bowl and he is showing people why by his playoff performance.

The Ravens are trying to go to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2000. They beat the Giants in that game and they made it because of their defense. They still play with great defense led by the same man, Ray Lewis. The Ravens have the right players to make the Super Bowl but they have to go through the Patriots this week. They beat the Texans but every game is different, so we will see how the Ravens do against the Patriots.