BALTIMORE (January 13, 2012) -- The Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans are quite content to run against the grain in the pass-happy NFL.
Baltimore relies heavily on running back Ray Rice and a defensive unit led by Pro Bowl linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs. Houston depends on the rushing prowess of Arian Foster and the NFL's second-ranked defense.
Neither team intends to change that approach Sunday, so the one that stays true to form the longest during their playoff matchup Sunday likely will advance to the AFC championship game.
The Ravens (12-4) respect rookie quarterback T.J. Yates and the breakaway speed of wide receiver Andre Johnson, but they figure their best chance to win is to bottle up Foster and force the Texans to throw.
Houston (11-6) hopes to stop Rice, Baltimore's main offensive threat.