HOUSTON (11-6) At BALTIMORE (12-4)
Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE - Ravens by 7½
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Houston 12-5; Baltimore 8-7-1
SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 5-0
LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Texans 29-14, Oct. 19, 2011
LAST WEEK - Texans beat Bengals 31-10; Ravens had bye
TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (2), PASS (18)
TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (4), PASS (3)
RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (10), PASS (19)
RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (2), PASS (4)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Baltimore making fourth playoff
appearance in four years; Texans in postseason for first time. ...
Ravens and Texans only defenses to rank in top 4 in every major
category, including points allowed (Baltimore third at 16.6 ppg,
Houston fourth at 17.4). ... Ravens FB Vonta Leach and S Bernard
Pollard played last season in Houston. ... In October meeting,
Ravens scored final 16 points and got five FGs from Billy Cundiff.
... Houston's Arian Foster ran for 153 yards against Cincinnati
last week. Record for RB in first two playoff games is 278, set by
Duane Thomas of Dallas in 1970. ... Foster has run for at least 100
yards in last three games but had only 49 against Ravens in
October. ... Texans WR Andre Johnson had five catches for 90 yards
and touchdown last week. He did not face Baltimore in October
because of hamstring injury. ... Houston's T.J. Yates became first
rookie QB drafted in fifth round or later to win postseason game.
... Ravens 8-0 at home for first time and are 73-23 at home since
the start of 2000 season, but haven't won home playoff game since
Dec. 31, 2000, beating Denver before going on to win only Super
Bowl. ... Baltimore QB Joe Flacco 3-0 vs. Houston in career, going
57 for 89 with four TDs and one INT. ... Ravens seeking to advance
to third AFC title game, second under coach John Harbaugh. ...
Baltimore 9-6 in postseason. ... Ravens expect to have WR Anquan
Boldin back after he missed two games with knee injury. Boldin had
eight catches for 132 yards against Houston in October. ... Ravens
RB Ray Rice was only NFL player with more than 2,000 yards from
scrimmage (1,364 rushing, 704 receiving) and set franchise record
with 15 TDs. ... Baltimore LB Ray Lewis, in 16th season, led team
with 95 tackles and will be playing 16th playoff game. He is lone
remaining member of 2000 Super Bowl champs. ... Ravens S Ed Reed
has seven INTs in nine playoff games.