Texans shock Ravens with NFL’s first punt-return touchdown in the playoffs since 2012 season


The Houston Texans were a huge underdog in Saturday’s Divisional Round playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, but they were able to keep things close in the first two quarters and a big reason why they were able to do that is a pretty big special reason. Teams play Steven Sims Jr.

The Texans receiver, who was called up from the practice squad this week, made the biggest play of the first half when he returned a fumble 67 yards for a touchdown. Sims fielded the ball at his own 33-yard line before attempting a shot up the middle. At one point it looked like Ravens punter Jordan Stout might make a tackle, but Sims ran him down at midfield before getting into the end zone.

The touchdown tied things at 10, which was the score at halftime.

The return TD by Sims was the NFL’s first punt-return touchdown in the playoffs since the 2012 season and just the 22nd in league history. Before this week, the last postseason punt-return TD came in January 2013 and, in a bizarre coincidence, that return also came against the Ravens. Trindon Holiday returned a punt 90 yards for a score for the Broncos in the Wild playoff game, which Baltimore won 38–35.

The Texans were 10-point underdogs in the divisional round, but they’re not playing like underdogs. They sacked Lamar Jackson three times in the first half leading to Sims’ TD and is a big reason why things are tied at 10. If you want to stay updated on the game, be sure to click here so you can follow along in our live blog.

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