Twice in the first half of the Ravens' 30-9 victory over the Houston Texans, the defense found itself backed up toward its end zone.
Both times, the Ravens defense turned back the Texans in the red zone and held them to a field goal by Randy Bullock.
"Any time you keep a team out of the end zone, it gives you confidence," rush outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "It's only now that we can appreciate it because we still had a whole game to play and they still had opportunities to go down there and score touchdowns and win the game. When we were doing it, we can't pat ourselves on the back. We have to continue to play football, and that's what we did."
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That wound up being pivotal to the Ravens manufacturing a win led by the defense and special teams as middle linebacker Daryl Smith returned an interception for a touchdown and Tandon Doss running back a punt for a touchdown.
It started with the red-zone defense, though, against a Texans defense that entered the game having previously scored seven touchdowns on seven trips inside opponents' red zone.
This marked the second week in a row that the defense hadn't allowed a touchdown.
"It's phenomenal, definitely something we work towards" Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata said. "It's great that we were able to click the way we are and hopefully we'll continue to get better as a unit."