“I asked Deion, ‘Can I do your dance if I make something happen?’” Suggs
said. “I did it. Flag on the field. It was heartbreaking. Deion told me to get
In the Ravens’ 16-13 overtime win Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, Suggs intercepted
another Maddox pass with a minute left in regulation after receiver Hines Ward
inadvertently kicked the football high into the air.
Suggs immediately performed an abbreviated rendition of Lewis' trademark dance.
This time, his tumbling catch was upheld by instant replay.
“I wasn’t even supposed to be dropping, you all keep that secret,” Suggs said.
“I just happened to be in the right place in the right time.
“Ray gave me the OK to dance as long as I didn’t destroy it too much. I haven’t
been dancing a lot, but we have the whole second half of the season left.”
Behind elaborate blitz packages that produced six sacks, it was an impressive
performance by the defense. Baltimore (3-7) took advantage of starter Ben Roethlisberger’s absence and limited an inaccurate Maddox to 230 yards and one
touchdown on 19 of 36 passing.
The Ravens also shut down the Steelers’ powerful running attack, limiting
Pittsburgh to 70 rushing yards on 25 carries.
"We knew if we could stop those guys and put the game in the hands of Tommy Maddox, we wanted to take our chances with that," said linebacker Bart Scott,
who had nine tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery. "We just tried to bring
the heat and make him make quick decisions.
"He was coming off a tough game and we didn't want to let him build any
confidence. We did certain things to take advantage of what he doesn't do well
and tried to exploit them."
Between Scott, Suggs and defensive end Tony Weaver’s two sacks in overtime, it
was easily the Ravens’ top defensive showing of the season.
“I was up late last night, praying to the sack gods,” Weaver said. “It was huge,
and it was so great to feel like I was out there contributing.”
SHARING TIME: The Ravens rotated running backs Jamal Lewis and Chester Taylor
liberally with Taylor carrying it a season-high 19 times for 59 yards.
Lewis was limited to 28 yards on 13 carries. Taylor was cheered whenever he
entered the game and Lewis was booed when he headed into the huddle.
“No, I’m not hurt,” said Lewis, who lost a fumble that set up a field goal.
“I’ve been through much worse, trust me. That’s really nothing. That doesn’t do
anything to my confidence level.
“I know the type of running back I am and I know what I can do. I don’t let
nobody control that but me.”
Taylor returned three kickoffs for 101 yards and caught four passes for 26
yards, giving him 186 all-purpose yards. His 14-yard run to the Steelers’ 1 set
up a touchdown.
Taylor was held out on offense last week after missing practice for personal
“It means a lot to me because I was out last week and I couldn’t help the team
and it was hurting me,” Taylor said. “I just tried to do all I can, whatever I
had to do.”
BIG SAFETY: At 6-foot-2, 270 pounds, Adalius Thomas is fairly big for a
linebacker. He’s way oversized for the prototypical safety, but lined up there a
few times without incident.
“The coaches have confidence in me that I know the defense," Thomas said. “I
know where to be."
NEW-LOOK LINE: The Ravens started Tony Pashos at right tackle and Brian Rimpf at
right guard, replacing Orlando Brown and Keydrick Vincent due to injuries.
Pashos struggled at times as quarterback Kyle Boller was sacked five times while
Rimpf was generally solid in his starting debut.
“It’s our first time in there together and we’re professionals and we’ve got to
be prepared,” Pashos said. “I think we did a good job.”
TRAINING ROOM: Cornerback Samari Rolle suffered a concussion and didn’t return.
INACTIVES: The Ravens deactivated Ray Lewis (thigh), safety Ed Reed (ankle),
Brown (back), running back Musa Smith (leg), cornerback Zach Norton, Vincent
(thigh) and wide receivers Devard Darling and Clarence Moore.
In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.
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