After a bye last weekend, the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens will host the Houston Texans on Saturday in the AFC Divisional Playoffs at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Texans, led by rookie quarterback CJ Stroud, defeated the Cleveland Browns in the wild card round, making Stroud the youngest QB to win in the NFL playoffs. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, expected to win his second career MVP award, is 1-3 with three touchdowns and five interceptions in four playoff games.
The winner of the Ravens-Texans game will advance to face either the Buffalo Bills or Kansas City Chiefs in next weekend's AFC Championship.
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Steven Sims, Texans punt return touchdown: Tied at 10
Special teams was special for Houston, as Steven Sims punted home 67 yards to tie the game in the second quarter.
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Sims caught the ball at the Houston 33-yard line and weaved his way down the middle of the field, shaking off several tackles before breaking free into the end zone. With less than five minutes left in the first half, an extra point was scored, making the game 10-10.
Lamar Jackson's TD drive puts the Ravens ahead 10-3.
Lamar Jackson continued to show why he is an MVP candidate, using his arm and legs to get Baltimore into the end zone and score the first touchdown of the day, giving the Ravens a 10-3 lead.
The drive started with a 23-yard scramble by Jackson, and the quarterback found Zai Flowers a few plays later for a 17-yard gain and into Houston's territory. Jackson then scrambled for another 15 yards, setting up the Ravens at their 2-yard line.
Two plays later, Jackson stayed in the pocket and eventually found a wide-open Nelson Aghoroa and threw the ball away.
Jackson is 7-for-9 with 52 passing yards and is the leading rusher with 49 yards on five carries.
– Jordan Mendoza
End of 1st quarter: Ravens 3, Texans 3
It was tied 3-3 in Baltimore in the quarter.
Houston moved the ball on its third possession, setting up Kaimi Fairbairn for a 50-yard field goal.
The Ravens started the second quarter near midfield after Lamar Jackson scrambled and turned for a 23-yard run. The likely MVP accounted for 63 of Baltimore's 72 yards in the first quarter.
Penalties have been a killer for Houston thus far, with six penalties per 40 yards in the first quarter. The Texans are one of the most penalized teams in the NFL, and in the regular season he had the fourth-most penalties.
– Jordan Mendoza
Houston stalls on second drive
The Texans committed three penalties on their second drive, which started with Devin Singletary's 11-yard catch.
Singletary also made a 26-yard catch on third-and-eight, but an intentional grounding and false start pushed the Texans out of field goal range, leading to another punt.
Stroud started the game going 4-7 for 49 yards.
– Scooby Axon
Justin Tucker made a long field goal to put the Ravens ahead.
Leave it to the most accurate kicker in NFL history to get Baltimore on the board.
After forcing a three-and-out on Houston's opening drive, the Ravens picked up several first downs and got into field goal range, with Justin Tucker making a 53-yard field goal for the first score of the game. Concluded.
The Ravens began their drive from their own 25-yard line, and a play by Lamar Jackson started the offense moving toward the Texans' territory. However, a tackle by Houston's Christian Harris on Jackson put Baltimore in trouble. After the Ravens were unable to convert third and long, Tucker made a field goal.
Jackson accounted for 40 of Baltimore's 41 yards on the first drive.
– Jordan Mendoza
Texans make bold choice on opening kickoff
Just like last week when the Green Bay Packers upset the Dallas Cowboys, the Texans elected to win the coin toss and receive the ball first.
Except the similarities between the Packers and Texans decisions ended there.
Houston went three-and-out, while the Packers scored a touchdown on their first possession.
The Ravens controlled the ball about 90 seconds into the game and would continue to have possession after halftime.
– Chris Bumbaka
How to watch Ravens vs. Texans
Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ABC and ESPN. The game can also be streamed on fuboTV.
Ravens vs. Texans predictions
Check out USA TODAY Sports' complete list of divisional round picks
- Jarrett Bell: Ravens 30, Texans 20
- Chris Bumbaka: Ravens 30, Texans 17
- Nate Daveys: Ravens 28, Texans 20
- Safid Deen: Ravens 28, Texans 24
- tyler dragon: Ravens 27, Texans 20
- victoria hernandez: Ravens 30, Texans 23
- michael middlehurst schwartz: Ravens 28, Texans 20
- Lorenzo Reyes: Ravens 28, Texans 21
Peyton Manning and Carmelo Anthony in the building
“The Bank is the right place,” the Ravens tweeted Saturday morning, referring to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. And the Ravens aren't lying.
Star players gathered on the sideline before the Ravens' divisional game against the Texans on Saturday afternoon. Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning caught up with Ravens linebacker Roquan Smith, and tight end Mark Andrews caught up with former NBA star Carmelo Anthony.
Other celebrity attendees include former NBA player Rudy Gay and comedian Stavros Halkias, both of whom are from Baltimore.
– sidney henderson
Ravens placed on Texans' inactive list
Inactive players from both teams are listed.
Jim Harbaugh goes to Baltimore to support brother
Jim Harbaugh has already won a championship in 2024 and hopes his younger brother can do the same.
Michigan State's head football coach will be at M&T Bank Stadium to cheer on John Harbaugh and Baltimore in Saturday's regional game. The two were seen greeting each other when the Ravens arrived at the stadium.
Jim Harbaugh is interviewing for head coaching positions with the Los Angeles Chargers and Atlanta Falcons, and the Harbaugh brothers could be opponents next season. He was in the area again this weekend and spoke at the March for Life rally in Washington on Friday.
– Jordan Mendoza
Ravens NFL Playoff History
This will be their 15th playoff appearance since becoming the Baltimore Ravens in 1996. The team went 16-12 in the postseason and won Super Bowls 35 and 47. Baltimore is 4-7 in 11 divisional round games and 2-2 in the AFC Championship. game.
Texans NFL Playoff History
This will be the Texans' seventh postseason appearance since the franchise's founding in 2002. The Texans are 5-6 in all 11 playoff games and 0-4 in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. Houston has never advanced to the AFC Championship Game.
Ravens vs. Texans History
The Baltimore Ravens have an 11-2 overall record against the Houston Texans, including a 20-13 victory in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoffs. The teams met in Week 1 of the 2023 regular season at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, with the Ravens winning 25-9.
Ravens vs. Texans Weather
The Baltimore weather forecast calls for temperatures in the low to mid 20s and winds around 20 mph as of kickoff at 4:30 p.m. ET. The area experienced snow throughout the week.
Who has the advantage in Ravens vs. Texans?
The top NFL betting app favors the Ravens over the Texans in the divisional playoff game.
Ravens vs. Texans spread
According to BetMGM's NFL odds, the Ravens are 9.5-point favorites to win against the Texans.
Ravens vs. Texans Over-Under
According to BetMGM, the over-under is 44 points.
Ravens vs. Texans money line
The Ravens are -480 favorites on the money line. Meanwhile, the Texans are a +360 underdog, according to BetMGM.
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