The only AFC North team left standing after Wild Card weekend are the division champion Baltimore Ravens. After seven consecutive road playoff games, the Ravens get to play a postseason game at M&T Bank Stadium for the first time since 2003.
Two of the league's top three defenses will clash in this rematch of a Week 6 game that Baltimore won 29-14. The Ravens pulled away in the fourth quarter after a back-and-forth battle for most of the game.
This time, the Texans' starting QB is T.J. Yates, who became the fifth rookie QB in NFL history to win a playoff game when the Texans defeated the Cincinnati Bengals. (The others were the Buccaneers' Shaun King, the Jets' Mark Sanchez, the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger, and Yates' opponent in this game, Ravens QB Joe Flacco).Flacco is also the only starting QB to lead his team to the playoffs in every one of his first four seasons. The Ravens have always had one of the NFL's best defenses, but veteran LB Ray Lewis sees this season as a great opportunity because of the team's all-around strength.
"I think we stack up with anybody... We have a complete balance, offensively, defensively and special teams... It’s exciting to be at that place where we are."