NFL Game Summary - Baltimore at Houston|
(Monday, December 13th)
Final Score: Baltimore 34, Houston 28 (OT)
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Josh Wilson picked off Matt Schaub and took it
into the end zone in overtime as Baltimore spoiled Houston's comeback with a
Houston had tied the game with 21 seconds left on a five-yard touchdown catch
from Andre Johnson and a two-point conversion from Jacoby Jones that capped
a 21-point second half comeback.
Baltimore won the coin toss in overtime and started with the ball, but had to
punt as Joe Flacco was sacked on 3rd-and-10.
Houston got the ball back at its own nine-yard line and Schaub's first pass
fell incomplete. On the next play, Schaub was looking for Kevin Walter to his
left, but Wilson jumped the route, came up with the ball and ran in untouched
for the win.
"I was in man-to-man, and it turned into a bit of a scramble, the quarterback
threw it inside and I was just thinking that this couldn't be happening," said
Wilson. "I just wanted to make sure I caught the ball."
The win helped Baltimore (9-4) bounce back from a loss last week to Pittsburgh
that saw the team blow a late lead. The Ravens remain a game back of the
Steelers for top spot in the AFC North and hold a two-game lead over three
teams for one of the AFC wild card spots.
"I think finding a way to win in overtime is big for us," said Baltimore head
coach John Harbaugh. "We haven't done that at times. This football team has
lost a lot of close games by some crazy situations, and now you're down here
playing Monday night football and this place is electric. We quieted it down
for a while, but then obviously it was amped up again for the second half."
On the other hand, Houston (5-8) fell for the sixth time in seven games and is
all but eliminated from playoff contention.
"At this stage with our back against the wall, to lose this is tough," said
Schaub. "At the beginning of the year we had a different vision on how this
season was going to go and it wasn't exactly this."
Flacco went 22-for-33 with 235 yards and two scores, both to Derrick Mason,
who finished the game with six catches for 78 yards in the win. Willis McGahee
had a rushing touchdown while David Reed had a 103-yard kickoff return.
"You don't like to have these kind of games where you're up and you give it
up," said Flacco. "But we were able to win and it was a big win."
Schaub threw for 393 yards, most of it in the second half, on 31-of-62 passing
with three touchdowns and two interceptions, and Johnson had nine catches for
140 yards and two scores in the loss.
"Every time we lose it's disappointing," said Houston head coach Gary Kubiak.
"Tonight is a low point because it's tonight. In the NFL you work your tail
off all week. If you win, you feel good. If you get beat, you feel bad. So I
feel bad right now."
Holding a 14-point lead, Baltimore added to that on the opening kickoff of the
third quarter. Reed took the kick three yards in his own end zone and opted to
run it out. He appeared to be boxed in by three defenders near the 30, but got
past the attackers and raced down the right sideline for a 28-7 lead.
Houston then held the ball for 7 1/2 minutes on a 70-yard, 16-play drive, but
were only able to come up with three points on Neil Rackers' 24-yard field
goal with 7:08 to play in the third.
After a three-and-out by Baltimore, Houston got another three points on the
board with a 42-yard field goal from Rackers to make it a 28-13 game with 36
seconds left on the clock. The play before saw Walter make a catch at the left
side of the end zone, but his knee hit out of bounds and a replay confirmed
the call on the field.
Houston forced another punt from Baltimore, but was pinned at its own one-yard
line. It didn't matter to Schaub, though, covering the field in 15 plays,
which included two fourth-down conversions. On the last fourth down try from
the seven, he fired a pass to the right side where Jones caught it for a
28-20 game with six minutes to play.
Baltimore was able to kill off 3:18 of the clock, but had to punt on fourth
down and gave Houston the ball back at its own five.
Again Schaub was sharp when on a 4th-and-1 play he hit Jones for seven yards.
A 20-yard catch by Johnson got the ball across midfield, and the next four
plays netted 38 yards to set up a 1st-and-goal at the five. Schaub then threw
the ball to the back of the end zone where Johnson leaped for the grab and
kept both feet in. Jones then caught the two-point conversion to tie the game
and send it to overtime.
On its second touch of the game, the Ravens took the lead. The eight-play, 52-
yard drive, which saw no third downs, was capped when McGahee ran between the
guard and the tackle at the left side on a one-yard score for a 7-0 lead with
3:17 left in the first.
After Rackers' 52-yard field goal attempt on the first play of the second
quarter fell short, the teams traded punts, but Baltimore was able to pad its
lead after starting a drive at the Houston 44.
On the punt, Lardarius Webb returned it 22 yards and an unsportsmanlike
conduct call on Sherrick McManis gave the team excellent field position. Six
plays later, Flacco threw the ball to the back of the end zone where Mason
bobbled it, but held on for the nine-yard score with 5:23 left in the half.
After another exchange of punts, Chris Carr picked off Schaub to give the
Ravens the ball at the Houston 38. Four plays later, Mason leaped in front of
the defender near the goal line and took it in for a 26-yard score and a 21-0
lead with 1:37 to play.
The Texans finally got their offense on-track on their ensuing touch and were
able to make it a 21-7 game heading into the break. After converting a second
3rd-and-10, Schaub found a wide open Johnson down the left sideline for a 46-
Houston totaled 489 yards, compared to just 253 for Baltimore, but controlled
the ball for just 29 seconds more than the Ravens...Arian Foster finished the
game with 20 carries for 100 yards and four catches for 25 yards in the
loss...Ray Rice led the Baltimore rushing corps with 19 carries for 54 yards
and added eight catches for 66 yards...The Ravens have won all four matchups
with the Texans...Baltimore hosts New Orleans next Sunday...Houston plays at
Tennessee next Sunday.
12/14 01:39:27 ET