The Ravens will be returning to Houston for the first time since playing the Texans in their inaugural season. We take a look back at the Ravens' 23-19 victory at Reliant Stadium on Dec. 15, 2002.
WHAT HAPPENED: The Ravens came up with a late interception to seal the victory, improve their record to 7-7 and keep alive an outside chance at making the playoffs. After watching a 13-point lead dwindle to four in the fourth quarter, Ravens rookie defensive back Chad Williams made a diving interception with 1:57 left in the game. Despite seeing their running game shut down (70yards on 33 carries), the Ravens went to the air to march 97 and 84 yards for touchdowns. The 97-yard touchdown drive was the Ravens' longest of the season to that point, with quarterback Jeff Blake and wide receiver Travis Taylor clicking on three passes for 79 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown with 1:50 left in the first half to give the Ravens a 13-7 lead.
KEY STATS: After turning the ball over five times the Sunday before, the Ravens had no turnovers against the expansion Texans. Blake was 18-for-30 for 228 yards and two touchdowns. In the two long touchdown drives, Blake was 8-for-9 for 148 yards. Taylor finished with five catches for 96 yards.
QUOTABLE: "We had no choice but to get better now. It's crunch time. You either come ready to play or you don't play at all." - Ravens wide receiver Travis Taylor
QUOTABLE: "A lot of teams come in this situation that are more experienced and have better hopes for the playoffs than us and don't close the door. But we did. We're alive for another week." - Ravens center Mike Flynn.
Source: Baltimore Sun archives
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