After years of watching of football at all levels, I thought I had sen of everything. Then comes the Ravens' Josh Wilson intercepting a terribly thrown ball by Matt Schaub into the end zone, giving the Ravens (9-4) a remarkable 34-28 win on Monday Night Football.
All game long, it seemed like the Houston receivers were costing Schaub and the Texans (5-8) any chance to win. But back to back fourth quarter touchdown drives sent the game to overtime, a surprise to Baltimore fans and players who thought they had the game sealed when it was 28-7.
Following the coin flip won by the Ravens, the Texans defense was able to prevent Joe Flacco and the Baltimore offense from advancing far enough to kick a game winning field goal. The Ravens' punter, Sam Koch, then made a beautiful punt that put Houston back to their own 9 yard line.
On the second play of Houston's drive, Schaub was forced to scramble before weakly throwing a ball that was picked off by Wilson. From there, all Wilson had to do was run 10 yards and give the Ravens a harder than expected victory.
Schaub completed exactly half of his 62 passes and piled up 393 yards. Houston's Arian Foster also ran for 100 yards, marking the seventh time this season that he has reached that milestone. Baltimore quarter back Joe Flacco threw for only 235 yards but also had two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Ravens are now a game behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North and will next face the defending Super Bowl Champions, New Orleans Saints.
Houston drops to 5-8 and all chances for a playoff spot appear to be dead. The Texans now have to go on the road to face Tennessee followed by a game at Denver.
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