BALTIMORE -- They won't apologize -- even if you want them to do so or even if they should.
It wasn't pretty. In fact, it was downright ugly. But they used two turnovers to jump to a 17-3 first-quarter lead and then held on for a 20-13 victory to advance to the AFC Championship Game next Sunday against the Patriots.
Before a final, clock-eating drive, the Ravens had eight first downs, quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked five times and the Ravens seemed to be on the verge of an upset.
As usual, the defense bailed them out. They stopped the Texans early in the fourth quarter, and then the offense actually came to life when it needed to do so driving to a field goal. And then the defense did it again with a pick by Ed Reed to seal it with 1:51 left. If they play the same way against the Patriots, they will get beat.
Ugly is fine for now. It won't be against New England.