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Along with Foster’s touchdown, the Texans got four field goals from Shayne Graham.

Colts (11-5) at Ravens (10-6)

From Ray Lewis’ pending retirement to Chuck Pagano’s return to Baltimore to the history of these two franchises, this game has all kinds of intriguing story lines.

Lewis announced this week he will end his 17-year career as one of the NFL’s premier players, let alone linebackers, after the playoffs. He’s hoping for a long run duplicating the 2000 season, when he was Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl MVP.

“That moment I walk out of that tunnel Sunday, every person that was a Ravens fan _ 1996 to this day _ we will all enjoy that moment,” he said. “It will probably be one of the glorious moments in my life.”

Pagano spent four seasons coaching defense in Baltimore, then landed the head coaching job in Indy. He missed 12 games while undergoing treatments for leukemia and came back last week in a win over Houston.

Now he’s back in Baltimore.

And he knows all about the history of the Colts leaving for Indianapolis in Mayflower moving vans in the middle of the night in 1984.

“Yeah, because when this opportunity presented itself, I remember seeing the paper when I left town,” Pagano joked. “I was driving a Mayflower out of town, so I fully understand. They had me in the cab, if I remember right.”

Seahawks (11-5) at Redskins (10-6)

Two streaking teams with sensational rookie quarterbacks, making it three such starters in action Sunday; Andrew Luck leads the Colts.

Washington took its final seven games to grab its division title. QB Robert Griffin III (102.4) had the best single-season rookie passer rating in NFL history; Seattle’s Russell Wilson was next at 100.0. Griffin also set a league mark for yards rushing by a rookie QB (815).

Wilson threw 26 TD passes, tying Peyton Manning’s NFL rookie record set in 1998.

“He’s a playmaker. He’s a football player. He makes plays running around, like a video game, buying time for the receivers, taking off with the football himself,” Redskins veteran linebacker London Fletcher said.

He was talking about Wilson; could have been about Griffin, as well.

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