Baltimore Ravens defeat Houston Texans, Lamar Jackson, Ravens defence, C.J Stroud, scores, stats, news, reaction


Lamar Jackson has accounted for four touchdowns to help the Baltimore Ravens punch their ticket to the AFC Championship game with a 34-10 win against the Houston Texans.

Jackson, who is the raging favourite to receive his second MVP award during the NFL Honors ceremony on February 8th, threw two touchdown passes and added a couple more on the ground as the Ravens flexed their muscles in the second half to run away with a dominant victory.

Baltimore didn’t have it all their own way early, with the plucky Texans keeping pace in the first half.

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Trailing 10-3 in the second quarter, Houston’s Steven Sims returned a punt for a touchdown to level the scores.

A week after winning his playoff debut, Houston’s rookie quarterback C.J Stroud was again impressive at times in the first half.

Stroud led the team on a 44 yard drive to set up a field goal in the dying minutes of the first half, but Texans kicker Kaimi Fairburn missed the attempt.

That would have given Houston a 13-10 lead into the half.

However, once both teams came out for the second half, it was a one-act affair with the league-leading Ravens defence excelling.

The unit only allowed the Texans record 58 yards in the second half.

Remarkably, Houston’s offence didn’t have a red zone snap all game nor did they score a touchdown, a fairly good indicator how dominant the Ravens defence were.

“We didn’t execute in the second half and make enough plays,” Texans rookie coach Demeco Ryans said post game.

Jackson and the Ravens offence took some time to click into gear before finding their mojo in the second half.

Jackson had 152 passing yards and 100 rushing yards.

“They (Ravens defence) motivate us to go and put points on the board. It was them tonight,” Jackson told ESPN post game.

Baltimore will play the winner of Monday’s (AEDT) game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.


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