Ravens 34, Texans 28

Baltimore outlasts Houston in OT

By Kristie Rieken
Associated Press / December 14, 2010

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HOUSTON — Josh Wilson intercepted Matt Schaub’s pass and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown in overtime, lifting the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-28 win over the Houston Texans last night.

The Ravens (9-4) stayed one game behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North despite blowing a 28-7 lead in the second half. Schaub threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson and a 2-point conversion to Jacoby Jones with 21 seconds left in regulation to cap the unlikely rally.

Baltimore lost fourth-quarter leads in each of its four losses and had to punt after its only offensive series of overtime. Houston started from its 12, and Schaub was trying to connect with Jones on second down when Wilson picked it off and ran into the end zone.

Houston (5-8) has lost six of its last seven.

The Texans trailed, 28-13, entering the fourth quarter before Jones capped a 99-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown reception with six minutes remaining.

The Ravens had to punt after their drive stalled at the Houston 44 with about three minutes left to give the Texans the ball.

Johnson managed to keep his toes inbounds on a 5-yard touchdown reception that made it 28-26, and Jones grabbed Houston’s first 2-point conversion of the year to tie it.

Houston gained 301 yards in the second half.

David Reed had a 103-yard kickoff return to open the second half, the longest kickoff return for a touchdown in Ravens history. Troy Nolan had him wrapped up at the beginning of the run, but the rookie wriggled free and raced down the sideline for the score that stretched Baltimore’s lead to 28-7.

The Texans had to settle for a 24-yard field goal that made it 28-10 with about seven minutes left in the third quarter after Jones dropped a would-be touchdown catch in the end zone. They kicked another field goal, this one from 42 yards, near the end of the third quarter to make it 28-13.

That field goal came after Kevin Walter was ruled out of bounds on a catch in the end zone and the play was upheld on review.

Derrick Mason made an acrobatic catch 9-yard catch in the back of the end zone about 5 1/2 minutes before halftime to put Baltimore ahead, 14-0. Willis McGahee scored on a 1-yard run for the Ravens in the first quarter.

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