Landry: I’ve Got To Make That Play

Dawan Landry had a career-high 9 solo tackles vs. Pit., but he needed one more for a win.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Mike Duffy, Week 13 vs Steelers

Looking back on a Ravens/Steelers rivalry that is typically decided on a few key plays, there was one tackle on which safety Dawan Landry absolutely had to make.

But with the game on the line, he didn’t.

The Ravens were clinging to a tenuous 10-6 lead in the fourth quarter, when Landry had the best opportunity to stop Pittsburgh running back Isaac Redman on a short pass around the 7-yard line.

Redman was a hot read over the middle, caught the ball and shrugged off the burly defender en route to a game-winning touchdown with two minutes, 50 seconds remaining.

“One or two plays can dictate a game,” Landry said on Tuesday.  “I feel like that did for us.  I’ve got to make that play.”

The Ravens could have closed it out 15 seconds earlier, but Steelers safety Troy Polamalu made the night’s biggest play, sacking and stripping Joe Flacco as the Ravens were driving. The fumble was returned to Baltimore’s 9-yard line to set up Redman’s score.

Still, it was Landry’s job to properly wrap up the young runner (Jarret Johnson also had a brief shot at Redman just short of the goal-line).

Landry said he watched the film of his missed tackle on Monday and feels comfortable moving on.

“I broke it down yesterday,” said Landry.  “It was something simple. I was playing another route than what he ran, so he got into the end zone.”

Aside from the flub, Landry actually had a standout game for the Ravens.

He finished second on the team with 11 tackles and posted a career-high nine solo stops.  Landry also registered one hit on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and was solid in run support.

Landry is eager to put the Steelers loss behind him, and he believes next week’s prime-time matchup with the Houston Texans is a great way to do so.

“You just have to keep playing the game,” said Landry.  “You’re not going to make all the plays.  The other team is going to make plays, too. You just have to bounce back, and I know I’ll do that.”

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