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Sunday, January 15, 2012
Halftime: Ravens take advantage of mistakes

By Jamison Hensley

BALTIMORE -- The Ravens are holding a 17-13 halftime lead only because they took advantage of the Texans' mistakes.

Baltimore converted two turnovers into two Joe Flacco touchdown passes. After a fumble on a punt return put the Ravens at the Houston 2-yard line, Flacco completed his first pass of the season to blocking tight end Kris Wilson for a 1-yard touchdown. Then, after a T.J. Yates interception, Flacco hit Anquan Boldin for 10-yard touchdown.

How big were those miscues? Flacco threw two touchdowns on six completions in the first half. He went 6-of-15 for 80 yards in the first two quarters. There have been four drops by the Ravens' receivers, which has hurt Flacco's completion rate.

The Ravens drove to the Houston 33 in the final minute of the first half, but a sack of Flacco pushed Baltimore out of field goal range.

Here are some other observations in the first half: