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Ravens to Face Texans in Divisional Playoffs Saturday

RB Gus Edwards
RB Gus Edwards

The Ravens finally know their divisional playoff opponent.

Following the Steelers' loss to the Bills in the wild-card round, the No. 4-seeded Texans will come to M&T Bank Stadium to face the top-seeded Ravens.

The game will kick off Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPN/ABC.

It's a rematch of a Week 1 contest, also in Baltimore, that the Ravens won, 25-9.

Head Coach John Harbaugh knew the Texans were a good young team then, and they've improved significantly since. Houston is riding a three-game winning streak and routed the Browns, 45-14, in the wild-card round.

Ravens coaches had already been locked in on preparing for the Texans since their victory Saturday evening.

"They are 17 games different. I'd say [it's] coaching [and] experience – all the things that a good team does that continues to improve throughout the season. They've done a really good job of that," Harbaugh said Monday.

"Obviously, they're very well-coached. They have really good young players [and] some veteran players as well. They've continued to improve throughout."

The Ravens have grown since Week 1 too and are coming off a first-round bye that's helped them get healthier. Baltimore will begin a normal week of practice beginning tomorrow since they're playing on Saturday.

Harbaugh said there wasn't any frustration about not knowing the Ravens' opponent until Monday due to the Bills-Steelers game being postponed by a day due to extreme snow and wind.

"It's the way it goes. It's OK," Harbaugh said. "We're excited to be in this situation, [and] we're fired up to have an opportunity to play in the Divisional round of the playoffs – that's deep in the playoffs, as we see it. We're hoping to do the best we can, put our best foot forward [and] play our best football game of the season. Really, that's all that's on our minds."

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