Suggs: ‘I’m disgusted To Lose Like This’

The defense couldn’t get off the field, eating up nearly six minutes on the final drive.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Sunday, November 13th, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Garrett Downing, Week 10 vs Seahawks

The Baltimore Ravens had found ways to stop Seattle’s offense all game long.

But then when the Ravens needed a stop at the end of the game, the Seahawks marched 73 yards down the field and ended the game in the victory formation, sealing the 22-17 upset.

“We just got to get off the field,” outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “I’m disgusted to lose like this.”

Despite starting the final drive from their own 10-yard line, Seattle had no trouble moving the ball on the Ravens defense, which was ranked second in the NFL coming into Sunday.

The Seahawks picked up four first downs on the 12-play drive, and ate up the final five minutes, 52 seconds of the fourth quarter, preventing quarterback Joe Flacco from a chance to lead his third straight fourth quarter comeback.

“Despite everything that happened early we still had an opportunity to come back and win the game, and we didn’t get it done,” Suggs said. “[The offense] gave us enough to get in the opportunity to win the game. This one might be on the defense a little bit.”

On that final drive, two straight penalties on first down put the Seahawks in a first-and-20 situation from their own 10-yard line to start the drive.

“We thought we had them,” Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said when asked about the start of the drive.

Seattle then picked up 10 yards on a pass to Golden Tate and another five yards on a carry by Marshawn Lynch, giving them third-and-five from the 25-yard line.

Seattle quarterback Tavaris Jackson, who finished with 217 passing yards, then found Tate again on a 24-yard completion and the first down.

“Definitely a surprise,” Ngata said about not being able to stop Seattle on the last drive. “We thought we could get off, and we needed to get off and we didn’t do our job.”

After picking up that first down, the Seahawks pounded the ball with Lynch, and the Ravens couldn’t stop him.

Lynch touched the ball on seven straight plays, picking up 30 yards before Jackson took two kneel-downs to end the game. Lynch finished with 109 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries.

“We didn’t do a great job at getting him down when we needed to,” Ngata said. “He carried that offense on that last drive. He did a great job.”

Seattle beat the Ravens defense on the final drive, but for much of the game, the defense bailed out the rest of the team and kept the score close.

The Seahawks enjoyed great starting field position because of turnovers, missed field goals and offensive miscues. Seattle’s offense took the field four times on the Ravens side of the 50-yard line, and three of those possessions started inside the red zone.

On all four positions, the Ravens were able to hold Seattle to a field goal.

“We consider ourselves a veteran defense, a championship defense, a very stingy defense,” Suggs said.

But on the most important drive of the game, Seattle was just a little better, and that’s all that mattered.

“It just sucks,” Suggs said. “It really sucks to lose this way.”

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