Ravens Defeat Texans 20-13 to Advance to AFC Championship Game
The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Houston Texans 20-13 on Saturday in the AFC Divisional playoff game. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was bursting with joy following the win, breaking out his infamous dance moves in the locker room afterwards.
The game was a defensive battle, with both offenses struggling to find the end zone. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson threw for just 162 yards, but made some key plays with his legs to move the chains. Rookie running back Quincy Roche had a breakout performance, rushing for 96 yards and a touchdown.
The Ravens defense came up big, intercepting Texans quarterback Davis Mills twice. Linebacker Patrick Queen had an outstanding game, recording 15 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception. The Ravens were able to contain Texans star running back Dameon Pierce, holding him to just 45 rushing yards.
With the win, the Ravens advanced to the AFC Championship game for the first time since 2012 when they went on to win Super Bowl XLVII. They will face the winner of the Buffalo Bills vs Cincinnati Bengals game.
Harbaugh’s Dance Party Takes Twitter By Storm
While the game itself was thrilling, what happened afterward is what everyone is talking about. In the locker room, John Harbaugh cranked up the music and busted out some of his notorious and hilarious dance moves. Players and coaches surrounded him, hyping him up as he got down to the music.
The videos quickly went viral on Twitter, being shared by the Ravens official account and many others. Fans and commentators alike could not get enough of the 61-year old head coach showing off his stuff.
Harbaugh has developed a reputation for these locker room dance sessions ever since his moves following a big 2019 win. This latest performance taking on a life of its own across social media. Many fans praised his authentic spirit of fun and joy.
Harbaugh Credits God, Fans, and Players in Postgame Comments
In his postgame press conference, Harbaugh made sure to share credit for the monumental win. He opened up his time with the media by reciting Proverbs 21:31 “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” He went on to thank Ravens fans for creating an extremely loud and disruptive environment for the Texans offense.
Harbaugh also singled out Patrick Queen and rookie DT Travis Jones for their phenomenal performances anchoring the Ravens defense. He shared how happy he was for those players and veterans like Calais Campbell to be able to return to the AFC Championship game.
What’s Next for the Ravens
The Ravens will now have to face either Buffalo or Cincinnati on the road next Sunday. If Buffalo wins, Lamar Jackson will be matched up against fellow MVP quarterback Josh Allen. If Cincinnati prevails, it will be a rematch of last year’s overtime thriller playoff game.
Baltimore split their regular season series with both teams, demonstrating they can hang with the AFC’s elite. With their punishing run game and attacking defense, they pose a formidable challenge for either potential opponent.
John Harbaugh will undoubtedly have his team focused and prepared. Especially with another trip to the Super Bowl on the line. But win or lose, one thing seems certain – Harbaugh’s dance repertoire will be making another appearance.
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No matter who they face next week, the Ravens like their chances to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LVIII. In a season filled with adversity, the fight and resolve of this team continues to shine through.
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