The Texans knew that Sunday’s divisional battle with the Ravens would be a tough game. Issue was, they made it tougher on themselves than it should have been.
The team turned the ball over four times to the Ravens none, and that was a huge stat in the teams 20-13 loss to Baltimore that ends the Texans 2011 season.
The Texans controlled the line of scrimmage most of the afternoon, but an early turnover by Jacoby Jones on a punt return set up an easy Ravens score, and rookie QB T.J. Yates threw three picks as Baltimore built a 17-3 lead after the first quarter.
Houston rallied as Neil Rackers kicked a 33-yard field goal to make it 17-6, and then Arian Foster ran in from a yard out to make it 17-13 at halftime.
The Texans had their shots in the second half, but the tough Ravens defense turned them away each time, and in the end Yates had a late pass picked off by Ed Reed to stop a drive, and then a hail mary on 4th and 2 from the Ravens 43 with 11 seconds left fell incomplete.
Yates was just 17-for-35 for 184 yards with three picks and a QB rating of 28.8. Joe Flacco was beat up by the Texans as he was sacked five times, and on the day he went 14-for-27 for 176 yards and two touchdowns.
The big stat line was no turnovers for the Ravens, who despite being beat up by the Texans offense and defensive lines, were able to hold on the to the ball despite putting the ball on the ground three times.
Arian Foster was the star of the day for Houston, as he ran for 132 yards on 27 carries (4.9 yards per carry), and he also scored the Texans only TD of the day.
Baltimore RB Ray Rice was held to 60 yards on 21 carries. Andre Johnson led all wide outs with 8 grabs for 111 yards.
The Ravens will have a tough test next week as they will head to New England for the AFC Title game Sunday at 3:00pm EST.