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The New England Patriots’ next opponent has stepped forward. The Baltimore Ravens will head to Gillette Stadium for the AFC Championship Game after defeating the Houston Texans today, 20-13. The Ravens had a 12-4 record in the regular season, good enough for the #2 seed in the AFC playoffs and a first round bye.
Baltimore jumped out to a 17-3 lead after one quarter of play against the Texans, but Houston came roaring back in the second quarter to make it 17-13 at halftime. After Baltimore kicked a field goal late in the 4th quarter, Houston QB T.J. Yates threw an interception to Ravens FS Ed Reed in the end zone with less than two minutes to play. The Texans got the ball back after a Baltimore punt for one last chance, but Yates’ pass was incomplete on 4th-and-2.
The win sends Baltimore to its third AFC Championship Game and its second in the past four seasons. The Patriots hosted the Ravens in the wild card round of the 2010 playoffs. The Ravens won, 33-14, but lost the following week to the Colts in Indianapolis.