Suggs says Sunday was a typical Ravens win
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The second-seeded Baltimore Ravens got their first
postseason win at home since 2006. But it wasn't easy.
The defense had to make three consecutive stands
in the final quarter before Baltimore emerged with a 20-13 victory over
the Houston Texans in an AFC divisional playoff game on Sunday.
"I think it was a Ravens-type victory," outside
linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "I always say this: 'There's a right way
to do things, there's a wrong way to do things, and then there's the
Ravens' way to do things.' It wasn't really pretty, but hey, we're not
really a pretty team. We got the 'W' and on to the AFC Championship."
If you're looking for pretty, check out the
top-seeded New England Patriots, Baltimore's opponent on Sunday.
The Ravens put forth a physical, frustrating
performance that didn't wow observers, but did cement their place in
their second AFC championship game in four years.
The offense at times spun its wheels in the turf
at M&T Bank Stadium, gaining just 227 yards, converting just
4-of-16 chances on third down, and averaging just 2.8 yards per carry.
The defense was similarly uneven, failing to sack
rookie quarterback T.J. Yates even once and allowing a 100-yard rusher
and receiver to Arian Foster (132 rushing yards and one touchdown) and
Andre Johnson (111 receiving yards).
But the key was turnovers. Baltimore fumbled three
times, but recovered each loose ball. Yates tossed three interceptions,
and punt returner Jacoby Jones muffed a punt, and the Ravens turned
three of those takeaways into 17 points.
"You always want to play a little better, and the
film is not going to lie," said running back Ray Rice, who was handed
the ball 21 times but managed just 60 rushing yards. "We know we have
some things to work on. They had a great pass rush, and they got inside
of us a little bit, but you have to take what's there and there wasn't
a lot there today. Our guys did a great job of blocking them. We'll get
it corrected. It's just another week that we have to get it corrected.
We always like to say we strive for perfection. We realize nobody is
perfect, but we are trying to get there."
Now the Ravens get to strategize against a
Patriots squad that obliterated the Denver Broncos, 45-10, on Saturday
night and is eager to make amends for a 33-14 thumping by Baltimore in
the 2009 postseason.
"You win the game no matter what," coach John
Harbaugh said unapologetically. "That's what it really boils down to in
a situation like this. This football team won the game no matter what.
It wasn't perfect by any stretch, but they found a way to win the
TRENDING: The Ravens had not allowed an opposing
running back to rush for 100 yards for 15 consecutive post-season
games. That streak ended on Sunday as Arian Foster gained 132 yards on
27 carries. The streak had been the third-longest active one in the NFL.
UNDER THE RADAR: With Foster gashing the heart of
the Ravens defense, nose tackle Brandon McKinney's size (6-2, 345
pounds) allowed him to contribute three tackles and perhaps seal his
role in a rotation with starting nose tackle Terrence Cody.
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