“It’s fun to look at moral victories, but out there we didn’t get the win and it’s just extremely disappointing,” Foster said. “It’s hard to say at this point. We gave it our best shot, but the beautiful thing about this thing we have in Houston is that it can only go up from here.”
The Texans’ turnover woes began in the first quarter. Trailing 3-0, Baltimore punted to returner Jacoby Jones, who allowed the ball to take a bounce. He then tried to field it, only for the ball gto ricochet off his facemask. Williams tackled Jones, which allowed cornerback Jimmy Smith to recover the ball at the Houston 2-yard line.
Three plays later, quarterback Joe Flacco found third-string tight end Kris Wilson in the end zone on a play-action pass play. Flacco finished the game 14-of-27 for 176 yards and two touchdowns.
Later in the first quarter, Yates was trying to find Johnson on an out route. Webb jumped the route for his first interception. The play led to a 10-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to receiver Anquan Boldin.
The Ravens were up 17-3 in the second quarter when Houston kicker Neil Rackers nailed a 33-yard try. Foster later ran for a 1-yard touchdown at the 4:52 mark, which cut Baltimore’s lead to 17-13.
With a chance to slice into Baltimore’s lead some more, Rackers missed a 50-yard attempt off the crossbar in the third quarter. Cundiff added the game’s final points with his 44-yarder in the fourth.
The Ravens will travel to New England next week with the winner going on to Super Bowl XLVI. The Patriots crushed Denver 45-10 Saturday night.
“[They’re] probably still watching this interview now to see if they can pick up on something,” Reed joke. “We look forward to it. And I’m sure they are, too.”