Originally written January 15, 2012 on Gridiron Grit:
Do you love defense?  The third clash in the Divisional Round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs features a bare-knuckles brawl between the Houston Texans (11-6) and Baltimore Ravens (12-4) in M&T Bank Stadium at 1:00pm EST on CBS. The parallels between these two teams in postseason play are almost unparalleled. Photo Credit: GuysNation.com Both clubs rank in the Top 5 against the run, against the pass, in total defense and points allowed.  Both defenses have also chalked up a helmet-jarring 48 sacks on the season. On offense, Joe Flacco and rookie T.J. Yates rely heavily on the ground game with multi-dimensional Ray Rice (76 receptions for 704 yards and three touchdowns and 291 carries for 1,364 yards with 12 touchdowns on the ground) and Arian Foster (53 catches for 617 yards with a pair of scores and 278 carries for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns). Ben Tate also racked up 942 yards on 175 carries with four scores and Ricky Williams picked up 444 yards on 108 carries with two touchdowns....
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