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NFL Preview: Houston Texans (11-7-0) at Baltimore Ravens (13-4-0)

STADIUM: M&T Bank Stadium

REFEREE: John Hussey

DATE: Saturday, January 20, 2024

GAME TIME: 4:30 PM ET

ESPN/ABC: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters, Laura Rutledge

Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker, Ryan Leaf

SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) HOU: 82 or 225 BAL: 83 or 226 National: 88

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: BAL leads series, 10-2

LAST GAME: 9/10/23: HOU 9 at BAL 25

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/10/23

POSTSEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: BAL leads series, 1-0

LAST GAME: AFC-DIV 1/15/12: HOU 13 at BAL 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/15/12

Houston Texans

Playoff Record: 5-6

Championships: 0

Last Postseason Game: AFC-WC 1/13/24: CLE 14 at HOU 45

Baltimore Ravens

Playoff Record: 16-12

Championships: 2 [2000 (XXXV), 2012 (XLVII)]

Last Postseason Game: AFC-WC 1/15/23: BAL 17 at CIN 24

HEAD COACHES NOTES: DeMeco Ryans vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 0-1 Reg. Season: 10-7 (.588) Postseason: 1-0. John Harbaugh vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 9-2 Reg. Season: 160-99 (.618) Postseason: 11-9.

HOUSTON TEXANS NOTES:

• TEXANS won 1st division title since 2019. Became 1st team in SB era to win division with rookie HC & rookie QB. Can advance to 1st AFC Champ. Game in franchise history.

• DEMECO RYANS can become 1st rookie HC to advance to Conf. Champ. Game since Matt LaFleur in 2019 with GB.

• QB C.J. STROUD completed 16 of 21 atts. (76.2 pct.) for 274 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 157.2 rating in AFC-WC, highest rating by rookie ever in a playoff game & is 1 of 4 rookie QBs ever with 3+ TD passes in playoff game. Can become 6th rookie QB ever to start & win Div. Round playoff game. Needs 281 pass yards to surpass Andrew Luck (4,663 in 2012) for most pass yards ever by rookie, incl. playoffs. Has 0 INTs in 6 of 7 road starts this season. Passed for 242 yards in Week 1 meeting.

• RB DEVIN SINGLETARY rushed for 66 yards & TD in AFC-WC, 6th-straight game overall with 60+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 on road.

• WR NICO COLLINS led team with 6 catches for 96 yards & TD in AFCWC, 9th game this season & 3rd in a row with 80+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Had 6 catches for 80 yards in Week 1 meeting.

• WR JOHN METCHIE had career-high 44 rec. yards in AFC-WC. WR ROBERT WOODS has 55+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. Bal.

• TE DALTON SCHULTZ had TD catch in AFC-WC, 3rd-straight playoff game with TD catch. Can become 3rd TE ever with rec. TD in 4 straight playoff games (Rob Gronkowski & Travis Kelce).

• TE BREVIN JORDAN had career-long 76-yard TD catch in AFCWC, 2nd-longest rec. TD ever by TE in a playoff game.

• DE JONATHAN GREENARD led team with career-high 12.5 sacks in 2023. Had 2 TFL & sack in Week 1 meeting.

• DE WILL ANDERSON (rookie) had sack in AFC-WC & has sack in 2 of past 3 overall. Had sack in Week 1 meeting.

• LB BLAKE CASHMAN led team with career-high 104 tackles this season & had career-best 9 TFL. Had 10 tackles last week.

• LB CHRISTIAN HARRIS had 8 tackles, sack & 36-yard INT-TD in AFC-WC, 1st-career TD. Had sack in Week 1 meeting.

• CB STEVEN NELSON had 3 PD & 82-yard INT-TD last week. Had INT in Week 1 meeting. Harris & Nelson are the 1st pair of teammates each with INT-TD in playoff game since 2007.

BALTIMORE RAVENS NOTES:

• RAVENS clinched AFC North division title for 1st time since 2019 & AFC’s No. 1 overall seed for 2nd time in franchise history (2019). Can advance to 5th AFC Champ. Game & 1st since 2012. Led NFL in rushing offense in 2023 (156.5 yards per game).

• JOHN HARBAUGH led Baltimore to SB XLVII title in 2012.

• QB LAMAR JACKSON had career-high 3,678 pass yards in 2023 & led QBs with 821 rush yards, becoming 2nd player ever with 3,500+ pass yards & 800+ rush yards in a season, joining Kyler Murray (2020). Finished season with 250+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in each of final 3 home games. Has 367 rush yards (91.8 per game) in 4 career playoff games. Is 3-0 with 5 TDs vs. INT & 117.3 rating in 3 career starts vs. Hou.

• RB GUS EDWARDS set career highs in rush yards (810) & rush TDs (13) in 2023, 2nd-most rush TDs in a season in franchise history. Has 7 rush TDs in his past 7 at home.

• RB JUSTICE HILL had career-high 2 rush TDs in Week 1 meeting.

• TE MARK ANDREWS can make 1st appearance since Week 11. Had 6 rec. TDs in 2023 & is 1 of 2 TEs (Travis Kelce) with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 5 seasons.

• TE ISAIAH LIKELY finished the season with TD catch in 4 of final 5 games overall & in each of his final 3 home games.

• WR ZAY FLOWERS ranked 4th among rookies with 77 catches & 5th with 858 rec. yards, both most-ever by Ravens rookie. Finished season with rec. TD in 4 of his final 5 games.

• WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. has 95+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 5th playoff game in row with 50+ rec. yards.

• DT JUSTIN MADUBUIKE was selected to 1st-career Pro Bowl after leading team with 13 sacks in 2023, most by Bal. player since 2014. Has sack in 6 of its past 7 at home. Had sack in Week 1 meeting.

• LB ROQUAN SMITH ranked 6th in NFL with 158 tackles in 2023, 3rdstraight season with 150+ tackles. Has 7+ tackles in each of 2 career playoff games. Has 2 TFL in each of 3 career games vs. Hou., with sack in 2 of 3.

• LB PATRICK QUEEN totaled career-best 133 tackles this season.

• LB JADEVEON CLOWNEY tied career high with 9.5 sacks in 2023. Was selected No. 1 overall by Hou. in the 2014 NFL Draft.

• S GENO STONE ranked 2nd in NFL with 7 INTs in 2023, most by Bal. player since 2010.

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