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Terrell Suggs knew the Ravens needed a spark.  He knew the Ravens needed to get to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. So when Baltimore’s offense had punted on five consecutive drives that spanned from the second to third quarter, Suggs took it upon himself to provide that charge. At the 6:27 mark in the [...]

Posted by Mike Duffy on Sunday, October 4th, 2009 at 11:46 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Terrell Suggs knew the Ravens needed a spark. 

He knew the Ravens needed to get to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

So when Baltimore’s offense had punted on five consecutive drives that spanned from the second to third quarter, Suggs took it upon himself to provide that charge.

At the 6:27 mark in the third quarter, Suggs dashed around Patriots left tackle Matt Light to sack Brady and cause a fumble that rolled into the end zone.  After a scramble, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards fell on the flub for a touchdown to pull the Ravens within 17-14. 

I talked to Suggs after the game, a 27-21 Ravens loss, and while he was happy for the opportunity to make the play, he was more eager to talk about moving forward.

“It  was a good play, but it’s about the loss,” Suggs said.  “This is the NFL.  Don’t get me wrong, some offenses are going to have some success against us, but this the NFL. We are still a great defense. Ask the Patriots about our defense. Ask them how physical we played.”

Suggs was a physical force.  He logged six tackles and deflected a pass in addition to his sack-strip.  

The sack also earned him a spot in the Ravens’ history books.  Suggs now leads the franchise in sack yardage, with his 436 yards surpassing Peter Boulware’s 428. 

Suggs also was flagged for a roughing the passer penalty when he glanced off Brady’s knee in the second quarter.  

“You’ve got the new rules protecting all the quarterbacks,” Suggs said.  “Nobody wants to hurt anybody in this league.  The refs are doing their job in order to protect them, but it’s some quarterbacks more than others.  Maybe next year, it will be two-hand touch.”

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