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Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) tries to stay up as Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (22) wraps him up during the first half Sunday in Baltimore.

Let’s get this disclaimer out of the way from the get-go: in no way did one bad call, had it gone the other way, change what would have been the ultimate outcome in Sunday’s game between the Houston Texas and Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens were clearly the better team Sunday, and they would be better than the Texans nine Sundays (or Thursdays, or Mondays) out of 10.

With the score still 0-0, the Texans made the gutsy (well, maybe not that gutsy considering the unreliability of place kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn) decision to convert a fourth down. With the short routes covered, receiver DeAndre Hopkins gained some separation from cornerback Marlon Humphrey in the end zone, and quarterback Deshaun Watson threw a deep ball right on the money.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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