Suggs Interception Halts Pittsburgh

Terrell Suggs said Sunday night’s win ranks as one of the highest of his career.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 2:32 am | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Ryan Mink, Week 9 vs Steelers

If you told the Steelers they’d hold Terrell Suggs without a sack, they’d probably be thrilled.

But Suggs still found a way to beat his nemesis.

Suggs halted a key Pittsburgh drive at the start of the second half with an interception inside the red zone.

It was the only turnover the Ravens’ defense got and set up a Baltimore touchdown that gave them a 16-6 lead in the third quarter, making all the difference in the back-and-forth game.

Trailing by three, the Steelers were driving behind a no-huddle offense on their opening possession of the second half. They were on Baltimore’s 14-yard line when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took a shotgun snap and immediately tried to feed wide receiver Mike Wallace on a quick wide receiver screen.

Suggs anticipated the play and leapt in front of the pass. It was a difficult catch – particularly for an outside linebacker – but Suggs snatched it in midair.

“He was talking to the receivers too long,” Suggs said.

“Wallace was their number one [target] and he just gave him an extra look. So I said, ‘If you don’t throw the screen, then so what.’ But if he does, then I have a chance to pick. I should have scored, but I didn’t. It was a blessing.”

Suggs entered the game with 15.5 career sacks of Roethlisberger, the most of any player in the NFL. He had three sacks against the Steelers in Week 1 and three in their playoff meeting last year.

He didn’t get a single one Sunday night.

Pittsburgh spent numerous resources trying to stop Suggs in the pass rush and it paid off. Left tackle Max Starks, who was re-signed midseason by the Steelers, also did a fine job.

The Ravens, who entered the game ranked second in the league in sacks (25), only notched one sack against Pittsburgh all night, which was shared between Paul Kruger and Pernell McPhee late in the first half deep in Ravens territory. It held the Steelers to a field goal.

Roethlisberger often had a great deal of time to throw and finished 19-for-36 for 346 yards with one touchdown and the Suggs pick. Much of that was due to a lack of pressure.

That wasn’t of any concern in Baltimore’s locker room afterwards, however. It will be as they prepare this week, but not after a comeback win of this magnitude.

Suggs, who now has six sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries on the year, was asked where Sunday night’s win ranks among his all-time favorites.

“The highest,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever won here when Ben was playing. There was one in 2006, but I mean with their new team that they are now, with the dominance that they’ve had. If this one is not the highest, it’s one of them.”

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