The first-place Ravens showed what kind of team they are in the fourth quarter, performing adeptly in crunch time against a formidable, albeit injury-riddled Houston Texans’ squad as they scored the final 16 points of the game, en route to a 29-14 victory.
Between the relentless Ravens defense that shut down star running back Arian Foster and quarterback Matt Schaub, to a steady offense led by Joe Flacco and the ever versatile Ray Rice, the Ravens didn’t need last-second heroics to defeat the Texans. It was the Ravens’ fifth win in five tries against the Texans.
It was a balanced attack for the Ravens offense, as Flacco held his own against a tireless Texans pass rush, passing for 305 yards. He connected with veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin eight times for 132 yards, including a 56-yard bomb late in the second half.
As for Ray Rice, all he did was carry the rock 23 times for 101 yards after just gaining 16 yards on the ground in the first half. He finished the game with a total of 161 yards from scrimmage.
During the second half, the Ravens flexed their muscles out-gaining the Texans by 118 yards, and scoring on four of their five possessions before Flacco took a knee to end the game.
After the Texans took a slim 14-13 lead midway through the third quarter, the Ravens immediately responded in the form of two Billy Cundiff field goals.
Then, backup running back Ricky Williams, added a four-yard touchdown for good measure to put the game out of reach, giving the Ravens a 26-14 lead midway through the fourth quarter. The final scoring came on the leg of Billy Cundiff, who added a 40-yard field goal just for good measure, tying a franchise-record with five-goals in the game.
Flacco, who completed 20 out of 33 passes, improved upon his 49.3 percent completion percentage for the season. In the Ravens win week four against the Jets, Flacco was just 10 out of 31 for 163 yards.
Now, the Ravens are off to a strong start as they prepare to travel to play the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) Monday night on the road. The Ravens have won three straight since their debacle week two against the Tennessee Titans.