A Heap-Delivered Message

A fourth-quarter penalty on Todd Heap drove the Ravens back, but they bounced back.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, September 27th, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Quarterback Joe Flacco shared an “I’m coming back at you” moment with his tight end Todd Heap immediately following his false start – or the ensuing scuffle – in the fourth quarter of Baltimore’s 24-17 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Right after Browns defensive end Robaire Smith unnecessarily pushed Heap back and Michael Oher stepped in to defend his teammate, quarterback Joe Flacco found Heap for key gains of 5 and 14 yards, successfully converting a long yardage situation.

The Ravens didn’t say it, but those passes could be construed as a message for opposing teams. Attack one of the Ravens’ guys, and that same player will bite right back.

“I think that was one where Joe just kind of had my eyes and kind of saw where he was going to put it,” said Heap, who finished with four catches for 46 yards.  ”[I] cut back underneath that safety covering me, and we were able to connect and get the first down just by a little bit.

“That was one of the plays that we needed after having a couple of hiccups.”

The penalty might have been disastrous, considering the Browns were leading 17-14 at the time.

Baltimore was driving into Browns territory, but Heap bobbed in his stance, which caused Smith to fire off the line and shove Heap even though the play was whistled dead.

Oher then jumped in to take a swipe at the 310-pound lineman.

Oher received an unnecessary roughness flag, but it was declined in favor of Heap’s 15-yard infraction, pushing the Ravens further back.

Still, Heap made two tough grabs to continue the series, and Flacco capped it with a game-deciding touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin.

When asked whether there was any significance to the timing of his catches, Heap just smiled.

“We came back and converted, and that’s the most important thing,” Heap noted. “Whenever you get a play that sets you back, you’re frustrated, but at the same time, you want to have the makeup to where those things don’t faze you.

“We just put it behind us, and I think that was good for us.”

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