Ravens unleash sack attack on Dolphins

Ravens unleash sack attack on Dolphins
October 6, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Lights go out on Harbaugh press conference

Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill got a very good look at the Ravens' pass rush on Sunday. Probably too good of a look. 

The Ravens sacked Tannehill six times, a big reason they were able to pull out a tough 26-23 road victory over the Dolphins. Terrell Suggs finished with three sacks, and Elvis Dumervil's sack on Miami's final series pushed the Dolphins back and forced them into a long-range field goal try that kicker Caleb Sturgis missed.

All three of the Suggs sacks came in the fourth quarter as the Ravens first took and then lost a 10-point lead. Suggs got them from both sides as the Miami linemen couldn't stop him or the Baltimore pass rush. 

"[Suggs] was just off the scale," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in his post-game press conference.

The Ravens, especially in the second half, got constant pressure on Tannehill, working hard at collapsing the pocket. Tannehill didn't have much time or space to work with and his line struggled. 

Since the Ravens already had shut down the Miami running attack earlier -- the Dolphins ran just 11 times for only 22 yards and no first downs overall-- the pass rush was able to tee off a bit and come after Tannehill as he threw 40 passes. They did that very well in the fourth quarter, especially on the last drive. 

The Ravens had taken a 26-23 lead when Justin Tucker drilled a 44-yard field goal with 1:42 left. Miami came to the edge of field goal range when Tannehill barely avoided Dumervil on a rush, scrambled away and threw a 46-yard pass to Brandon Gibson for a first down at the Baltimore 34.

But Dumervil sacked the quarterback on second down, pushing the Dolphins back to the 39. After another incomplete pass on third down, Sturgis was forced to kick from 57 yards. He had the distance, but the line-drive kick flew wide left, and the Ravens hung on.