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AFC Divisional Round: Ravens vs. Texans

January 9, 2012

Ravens Advance to AFC Championship
The Ravens defeated the Texans, 20-13, to advance to next Sunday's AFC Championship game in New England. Joe Flacco had two touchdowns and zero interceptions, while Lardarius Webb had two picks on T.J. Yates. Ed Reed helped seal the victory for Baltimore with his eighth career postseason interception.
AFC Divisional Round Photo Gallery | Ravens-Texans By The Numbers  


Key Matchup:
Ravens Defense vs. Arian Foster
The Ravens have held opponents to less than 4 yards per carry for an NFL-record 16 consecutive seasons, but Baltimore will be facing one of their most formidable ground-game challenges in third-year Texans running back Arian Foster.

Opponent Preview: Houston Texans
With an 0-5 lifetime mark against Baltimore, Houston is one of only two NFL teams to have never beaten the Ravens.

Picks Are In: Ravens vs. Texans
PressBox "experts" and friends, including Gov. Martin O'Malley, Dan Duquetter, actor Josh Charles of CBS' "The Good Wife," former Raven Wally Williams and more, share their predictions for Sunday's game. 
Plus: A Texans Fan Shares His Pick

Key Matchup:
Ray Rice vs. Texans OLBs

Even though the Texans' linebacking corps is young and fast enough to contribute to the league's second-ranked defense, it will have to be especially on its game to keep up with Ravens running back Ray Rice.

Key Matchup:
Brian Cushing vs. Matt Birk
 
If Matt Birk can stymie Brian Cushing even for a half-second, the Texans' youngster -- and 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year -- will likely be unable to get back outside in time to run down Ray Rice or Ricky Williams.

Key Matchup:
Ravens' Tackles vs. J.J. Watt

Michael Oher and Bryant McKinnie will face a tough challenge Sunday as they look to minimize the impact of J.J. Watt, Houston's rookie defensive end.

Key Matchup:
Andre Johnson vs. Ravens' CBs
Wide receiver Andre Johnson did not play in the Texans' October loss to the Ravens, but he does have 20 receptions for 276 yards in three career games against Baltimore. Can Baltimore's cornerbacks shut him down on Sunday?

How Key Is Super Bowl Experience?
Linebacker Ray Lewis is one of only three players on the current Ravens' squad who has has played in a Super Bowl. For their part, the Texans have four, but how important is Super Bowl experience for a successful playoff run? 

Ravens vs. Texans Rewind
PressBox takes a look back at the how the last three Ravens and Texans matchups have played out. Re-live each game with photo galleries and recaps.

Pregame With PressBox
Join PressBox at the heated Stoli Touchdown Zone at the corner of Sharp and Ostend streets. We'll be open at 9 a.m. before Sunday's 1 p.m. game. Plus, ABC-2 will be broadcasting live from 9-11 a.m. with Jamie Costello and Scott Garceau.

Ravens Earn No. 2 Seed  
The Ravens defeated the Bengals, 24-16, to win the AFC North division title. Baltimore is now the No. 2 seed in the AFC, with a first-round bye and the team's first home postseason game since 2006.