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Ravens blow lead, defeat Texans in OT

Ray Rice (27) of the Baltimore Ravens is

Ray Rice (27) of the Baltimore Ravens is tackled by Troy Nolan (33) of the Houston Texans in the second half of the Ravens' overtime victory on Monday in Houston, Texas. (Dec. 13, 2010) Photo Credit: MCT

Josh Wilson intercepted Matt Schaub's pass and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown in overtime, giving the Baltimore Ravens a 34-28 win over the host Houston Texans Monday night.

The Ravens (9-4) stayed one game behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North despite blowing a 28-7 lead in the second half. Schaub threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson and a two-point conversion to Jacoby Jones with 21 seconds left in regulation to cap the unlikely rally.

Baltimore, which lost fourth-quarter leads in each of its four losses, had to punt after its only offensive series of overtime. Houston started from its 12, and Schaub was trying to connect with Jones on second down when Wilson picked it off and ran into the end zone.ravens

Houston (5-8) has lost six of its last seven.


Reported concussions up

With a late-season game on the line, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers exits with a concussion and doesn't return. Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson sit out games altogether because of head injuries.

And those are only a few examples from this Sunday. If it seems as though more and more NFL players are missing time because of concussions, it's because they are: According to league data obtained by The Associated Press, the number of concussions being reported this season is up more than 20 percent from 2009, and more than 30 percent from 2008.

The NFL considers that proof that players and teams are taking head injuries more seriously and being more open about them. The players themselves agree.

Even with Green Bay's playoff hopes in jeopardy, coach Mike McCarthy insists the team will err on the side of caution when evaluating Rodgers' second concussion of the season.

Rodgers was expected to begin the evaluation protocol for head injuries Monday. The quarterback's availability for Sunday's game at New England remains unclear.


Bolts-Bengals flexed out

Vikings-Eagles will replace Chargers-Bengals as the Sunday night game Dec. 26 under the NFL's flexible scheduling policy. The league said yesterday that the San Diego-Cincinnati matchup will move to 4:05 p.m. EST on CBS. The shift in Week 16 is the first time this season the NFL has changed the Sunday night game. The Seattle Seahawks-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game also will move that day, from 1 to 4:15 p.m. on Fox.

Choice sorry for autographCowboys running back Tashard Choice apologized via Twitter to anyone bothered that he asked Eagles quarterback Michael Vick for an autograph right after a loss.

He'll get a chance to say more about it in an upcoming conversation with interim coach Jason Garrett.

- AP


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