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Kris Wilson an Unlikely Hero in Sunday’s Win Over Texans

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(Credits: Houston Chronicle)

If you would have told me that third-string tight end Kris Wilson would have scored the Ravens’ first touchdown in their first home playoff game in five years, I don’t even know how I would have responded.

Well, on a third-and-goal play at the Houston one-yard line in the first quarter of the Ravens’ 20-13 victory Sunday, quarterback Joe Flacco faked a handoff, stepped up and hit a wide-open Wilson for the touchdown. Wilson fell to the ground, cradling the ball to make sure it didn’t come free.

It was Wilson’s first touchdown catch since the 2009 season, when he played for the San Diego Chargers.

Wilson, an eight-year veteran in his first season in Baltimore, didn’t record a single reception during the regular season. He played almost exclusively on special teams, where he recorded four tackles.

Wilson has been somewhat of a journeyman in his eight years in the NFL. Renowned for his physical blocking prowess, Wilson has played in 97 games and has 52 receptions for his career.

Before Sunday’s game, Wilson had three playoffs receptions, including one for a touchdown.