A month after Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson was pushed down by Falcons receiver Roddy White in crunch time of a key prime-time game in Atlanta, Wilson avoided a similar outcome by snatching a pass out of the air and returning it for a 12-yard touchdown in overtime at Houston.
The thrilling win obscures the fact that the Ravens’ supposedly vaunted defense blew a 21-point lead that arose on the opening play of the second half, thanks to a 103-yard kickoff return from rookie David Reed.
The Texans tied the game in the final minute, with a touchdown pass from Matt Schaub to Andre Johnson and a two-point pitch-and-catch from Schaub to Jacoby Jones. The game-tying score came a drive after the Schaub and Jones hooked up for a touchdown on fourth and five from the Baltimore seven.
That first drive covered 99 yards, and the second went 95.
Did we mention that the Ravens’ defense is supposedly vaunted?
In the interim, a questionable decision by the Ravens’ offense to throw the ball on third and two from the Houston 44 while leading by eight stopped the clock with 2:54 to play, giving the Texans more than enough time to drive from their own five.
While this one goes into the books as a win, the 9-4 Ravens need to be very concerned about their ability to clamp down on opposing offenses with the game on the line.
At least, moving forward, their defense is supposedly vaunted.