BALTIMORE – A game filled with blunders, fumbles and penalties ended in familiar fashion for the Houston Texans.

Matt Stover kicked a 38-yard field goal with 6 seconds left, giving the Baltimore Ravens a 16-15 victory over the bumbling Texans on Sunday.

Kris Brown’s fifth field goal with 1:08 to go to put Houston in position for its second win of the season. But for the second straight week, the Texans (1-11) let a seemingly certain victory get away.

Starting at his 13, Baltimore quarterback Kyle Boller completed a 24-yard pass to Todd Heap on third down. Boller then completed an 11-yarder to rookie Mark Clayton, and got the Ravens (4-8) in field-goal position with a 35-yard pass to Clayton.

Boller went 17-for-33 for 198 yards and ran for a score.

After Baltimore’s Adalius Thomas returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown with 7:16 to go, the Texans trailed 13-9. But Houston got a field goal with 3:31 remaining, then took advantage of poor clock management to get the ball back.

An inexplicable fair catch by B.J. Sams on the kickoff and two subsequent timeouts preceded a Ravens punt. Domanick Davis returned the kick 21 yards to the Baltimore 29, and Brown followed with a 39-yard field goal.

It wasn’t enough.

Houston fumbled five times, was intercepted once and received 11 penalties for 93 yards. Yet the Texans stayed close because the Ravens fumbled four times, received eight penalties and could muster only 73 yards rushing.

Baltimore sacked David Carr five times, including a career-high three by Terrell Suggs.

Davis ran for 155 yards on 29 carries, but the Texans lost another late lead. One week earlier, Houston blew a 10-point lead in the last minute of the fourth quarter against St. Louis and fell in overtime.

In the third quarter, Sams had an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown called back after the Ravens were called for two penalties on the play.

That set off a series of miscues by both teams. After Boller recovered his own fumble at the Baltimore 1, Houston’s Jerome Mathis fumbled away a punt at the Baltimore 36. Chester Taylor gave it back, losing a fumble on the 29.

Andre Johnson then dropped a likely touchdown pass, and the Texans settled for a 22-yard field goal by Brown for a 9-7 lead with 14:30 left.

The Ravens played a sixth straight game without linebacker Ray Lewis, and cornerback Chris McAlister was held out with a strained hamstring.

Boller operated behind an offensive line that was without injured starters Keydrick Vincent (hamstring), Orlando Brown (back) and Pro Bowl left tackle Jonathan Ogden, who strained a hamstring in the first quarter and did not return.

Baltimore did, however, regain the services of safety Ed Reed, who was back in the starting lineup after missing six weeks with a sprained ankle.

A fumble by Jamal Lewis ended Baltimore’s first series on its 36, but the Texans lost 15 yards in three plays and had to punt.

That rest of the game sputtered along in similar fashion.

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