Ravens beat Tex­ans in over­time, 34-28

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

HOUS­TON: The Bal­ti­more Ravens al­most blew an­other one, un­til their trade­mark de­fense saved the game.

Josh Wil­son in­ter­cepted Matt Schaub's pass and re­turned it 12 yards for a touch­down in over­time, lift­ing the Ravens to a 34-28 win over the Hous­ton Tex­ans on Mon­day night.

The Ravens (9-4) stayed one game be­hind Pitts­burgh in the AFC North de­spite blow­ing a 28-7 lead in the sec­ond half. "There's al­ways plays that de­fine where you go," linebacker Ray Lewis said. "For us to get that win the way we got it, I'm telling you, if you're not happy, there's some­thing wrong with you."

Schaub threw a 5-yard touch­down pass to An­dre John­son and a 2-point con­ver­sion to Ja­coby Jones with 21 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion to cap the un­likely rally.

Bal­ti­more lost fourthquar­ter leads in each of its four losses and had to punt af­ter its only of­fen­sive se­ries of over­time. Hous­ton started from its 12, and Schaub was try­ing to con­nect with Jones on sec­ond down when Wil­son picked it off and ran into the end zone.

"I still kind of can't be­lieve that re­ally hap­pened," Wil­son said. "I was just say­ing 'Catch the ball, catch the ball, catch the ball,' and game over."

Hous­ton (5-8) has lost six of its last seven.

The Ravens seemed to have the game well in hand when rookie David Reed re­turned the sec­ond-half kick­off 103 yards for a touch­down, a fran­chise record.

Hous­ton mounted two time-con­sum­ing drives in the third quar­ter, but only came away with field goals. Yet the Tex­ans' de­fense, ranked among the league's worst in ev­ery cat­e­gory, held the Ravens to four first downs in the sec­ond half and kept Hous­ton's come­back hopes flick­er­ing. The Tex­ans' of­fense fi­nally came alive af­ter a list­less first half. Schaub went 24 for 41 in the last two quar­ters af­ter go­ing 7 for 21 in the first half. -Ap

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