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Josh Wilson bails out Baltimore defense

Derrick Mason, Kevin Bentley

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.

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28 Responses to “Josh Wilson bails out Baltimore defense”
  1. freedomispopular says: Dec 14, 2010 12:21 AM

    If the Texans can secure somebody like Wade Phillips for DC, they could make some serious noise.

  2. Bubby Brister says: Dec 14, 2010 12:26 AM

    The Ravens defense looks downright scary right now. They remind me of the 2000 Ravens. And Joe Flacco looks like Dan Marino.

    Champppppionnshippp.

  3. xtb3 says: Dec 14, 2010 12:27 AM

    harbaugh AND cam cameron have got to be either the 2 stupidest coaches in the nfl or the 2 most crooked! they did the same last week in the pittsburgh game when they ordered flacco with just over 2 minutes left and a more than a FG lead over an offenseless steeler team ordered flacco to pull a joe pisarcik play out for them.

    2 dumbest – or 2 who have serious questions to respond to others who knew about this.

    ps – ans schaub messes up their perfect plan.

  4. cornellsteelers says: Dec 14, 2010 12:29 AM

    The Ravens don’t have much of a chance against the Saints next week. Or against any team with a good passing attack in the playoffs.

  5. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 14, 2010 12:31 AM

    The Ravens may have scored 34, but the Texans defense only gave up 21 of those points…and all in the first half.

    For the first time this season, Texans fans saw a glimpse of a decent defense. You are right, freedom: with a solid DC, the Texans should be in good shape…

    …for 2018, when football resumes again.

  6. kevo126 says: Dec 14, 2010 12:32 AM

    is vaunted the word of the day or something????

    everyone in baltimore knows the defense is not anything special anymore. ravens have 4 great players on d (suggs, ngata, lewis, and reed) everyone else is average.

  7. halftermguv says: Dec 14, 2010 12:36 AM

    Congrats to Houston who kept fighting back and the Texans fans who did not head for the exits early.

  8. joestrummerlives says: Dec 14, 2010 12:40 AM

    They’ve been overly vaunted all year. The Ravens actually suck.

    That was a very embarrassing win.

  9. hobartbaker says: Dec 14, 2010 12:41 AM

    It was a very close game, with the difference being a couple of shauby passes by the Houston QB.

  10. mrssmith says: Dec 14, 2010 12:42 AM

    Not pretty but I’ll take it..

    a small piece of me feels sorry for Houston..this is their 3rd or 4th time this year that they come from behind just to lose?!

  11. mataug says: Dec 14, 2010 12:50 AM

    why the hell was Harbaugh not calling a timeout to help his defense ? those guys looked DEAD (all capitals for a reason) on that last drive!

  12. ravensj5 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:13 AM

    Cornellsteelers said…
    The Ravens don’t have much of a chance against the Saints next week. Or against any team with a good passing attack in the playoffs.
    __________________________

    Thanks goodness we will play the steelers in the playoffs then!!

  13. ravensj5 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:16 AM

    Joestrummer…who is your team??
    3 Offensive TD’s….1 special teams TD…and a Defensive TD….I think that is every side of the game….
    Real embarrassing…

  14. golonger says: Dec 14, 2010 1:20 AM

    The problem isn’t the defense it is the Ravens idiot defensive ……..let’s see, we are up by 3 scores so let’s stop playing and rush 3. Maybe they won’t catch-up…..but, oh, if they do, Our guys will be too gased to play REAL defense when we need them….Give me a break. This guy needs to go. He has lost them 2 games and almost a third!

  15. golonger says: Dec 14, 2010 1:21 AM

    *coordinator

  16. golonger says: Dec 14, 2010 1:29 AM

    joestrummerlives – your mind certainly isn’t vaunted………yeah…….9-4 and they suck?

    You are king of the idiots!!!

  17. xtb3 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:49 AM

    RE: “bailout balt defense”?

    say what?

    you surely mean “bailout cam cameron and harbaugh who on that 3rd and less than 2 yards to go went to the air which saved 40 seconds for houston who scfored their tying td with 29 seconds left. IE- clock would have run out on houston who had zero timeouts.

    and those 2 fools did similar last week.

    thjey won this game by a sheer rfluke BUT would have won both and had 1st in division about wrapped up if they had half a brain between the 2 men.

    disgusting! how do fools like this get jobs making millions for such brainless thinking?

  18. chc36 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:52 AM

    Just throwing it out there that the Ravens D played great all of the first half, the almost loss is on the offense in this one. They need to keep the D off the field so the D isn’t passing out on the field.

  19. doe22us says: Dec 14, 2010 2:00 AM

    The Ravens are in serious trouble with the Saints coming to town that defense looked dead

  20. doe22us says: Dec 14, 2010 2:01 AM

    And PS Andre Johnson is a beast thanks to you and Desean i move on to the next one

  21. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 14, 2010 2:19 AM

    Somebody tell “skipjacks” over on the scout.com Ravens messageboard that the Ravens don’t make plays, they rely on the stupidity of other teams to gift them wins.

  22. joetoronto says: Dec 14, 2010 5:18 AM

    Holy crap, I turned it off right after the opening kickoff of the 2nd half.

    Just figured it was over.

  23. njhitman says: Dec 14, 2010 5:50 AM

    Bubby Brister says:
    Dec 14, 2010 12:26 AM
    The Ravens defense looks downright scary right now. They remind me of the 2000 Ravens. And Joe Flacco looks like Dan Marino.

    Champppppionnshippp.

    ———————————-
    Yea the D looked downright scary they only gave up 21pts in the 2nd half . If it wasn’t for Schaub throwing the ball to the Ravens and all the droped passes by the Texans the Ravens would be looking at a 8-5 record

  24. fellorio says: Dec 14, 2010 12:40 PM

    “Did we mention that the Ravens’ defense is supposedly vaunted?”
    ————————————————————-
    Are you sure you didn’t mean “vaunted”? Adding words to a sentence sometimes changes the meaning.

  25. fellorio says: Dec 14, 2010 12:42 PM

    joetoronto says: Dec 14, 2010 5:18 AM

    Holy crap, I turned it off right after the opening kickoff of the 2nd half.

    Just figured it was over
    ———————————————————–
    My advice would be : don’t gamble on NFL games.

  26. spyboots says: Dec 14, 2010 12:43 PM

    I don’t think the Saints will be dropping a bunch of passes like the Texans did. The Texans beat themselves (isn’t that what Harboy said about the Ravens not too long ago?).

  27. joetoronto says: Dec 14, 2010 7:42 PM

    fellorio says: Dec 14, 2010 12:42 PM

    joetoronto says: Dec 14, 2010 5:18 AM

    Holy crap, I turned it off right after the opening kickoff of the 2nd half.

    Just figured it was over
    ———————————————————–
    My advice would be : don’t gamble on NFL games.
    *********************************************************
    They ended up covering and I won my 3 team parlay. :)

  28. joestrummerlives says: Dec 15, 2010 1:18 AM

    golonger and ravensj5,

    Yeah, they really do suck. Even at 9 -4.

    Giving up a 21 point lead in the 2nd half is embarrassing as well as indicative of sucking. Teams that don’t suck handle their business late in the game.

    Denial is powerful.

    -The King

    btw, the Ravens are my team. It’s a love/hate thing.

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