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Texans 25, Ravens 13

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HOUSTON — Kareem Jackson recorded two of three interceptions of Joe Flacco and the Houston Texans kept alive their postseason hopes with a 25-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at NRG Stadium.

The Texans (8-7) dominated Flacco and the Ravens (9-6) from start to finish, limiting Baltimore to 211 total yards and just 3.1 yards per play. Flacco finished 21 for 50 for 195 yards, with 135 yards coming in the fourth quarter as the Ravens mounted a futile rally. His first touchdown pass coming only after Jacoby Jones provided the Ravens exceptional field position with a 45-yard punt return early in the third quarter.

Texans kicker Randy Bullock made a franchise record six field goals, including five (35, 25, 30, 20 and 33 yards) in the red zone. Bullock rescued an otherwise pedestrian Texans offense, one with their fourth quarterback, the recently re-signed Case Keenum, at the helm this season.

Keenum, the Texans’ third starter this season, passed for 185 yards while completing 20 of 42 attempts. Keenum was released prior to the season when Houston acquired quarterback Ryan Mallett in a trade with the New England Patriots, but with Mallett (pectoral) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) lost for the season and Tom Savage (knee) unavailable, Houston signed Keenum off the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad this week.

Texans running back Arian Foster finished with 96 rushing yards and also tossed a 5-yard scoring pass to rookie tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz.

Receiver Torrey Smith caught both Ravens touchdowns and finished with five receptions for 59 yards.

With his fourth-down sack of Flacco at the 2:27 mark of the fourth quarter, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt became the franchise career lead with 54 sacks. He bypassed former Texans defensive end Mario Williams, the top overall pick in the 2006 draft, who recorded 53 sacks over six seasons in Houston before signing with the Buffalo Bills in 2012.

NOTES: With his 4-yard career early in the second quarter, Texans WR Andre Johnson became the 10th player in NFL history with 1,000 career receptions and the second-fastest (behind Marvin Harrison) to do so, reaching the plateau in his 168th game. Johnson later bypassed Hines Ward for ninth on the all-time receptions list. … Ravens QB Joe Flacco completed 3 of 18 attempts for 27 yards and two interceptions for a 0.0 passer rating in the first half. His previous career low for passer rating at the intermission was 2.8 during the 2009 Wild Card Game at New England. … With his 5-yard scoring pass to TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, Texans RB Arian Foster became the first Houston non-quarterback to pass for a touchdown since the Texans’ inaugural season in 2002. … Ravens RT Rick Wagner was lost to a foot injury in the third quarter and did not return to action.


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