Many in the media focused on what Ray Lewis did for the Ravens in the team's 38-35 overtime victory in Denver last weekend. Lewis turned in 17 tackles and came up with a number of big plays to help the Ravens hang on.
But the effort of Terrell Suggs kind of got pushed to the side a bit. And he's a big reason the Ravens advanced to this Sunday's AFC title game with the Patriots.
Suggs finished with two sacks and 10 tackles as the Ravens held the Denver offense to 21 points in the win -- special teams scored 14 for the Broncos -- and he combined with Ray Lewis to keep things under control long enough.
"I’m a big Terrell Suggs fan. I really am," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said when talking to the media on Monday. "I’m an admirer of his, in all honesty. He’s a great leader. He’s a great player. He’s playing through something that most guys wouldn’t play through. And, yes, he is getting better."
Suggs is battling through a few sets of problems (Achilles, bicep) that slowed him at times in the latter part of the season. But he put it all together in this game.
Now the Ravens need to see if Suggs can do it again this Sunday against the Patriots. Suggs did a good job of helping the Ravens to eventually put some pressure on Peyton Manning in the second half, something that didn't happen early in the game.
The Ravens will need some more of that Sunday against New England quarterback Tom Brady.
"He really pressed the pocket off the edge, squeezed the pocket," Harbaugh said. "I thought all of our guys did a good job of constricting the pocket, and that’s something you have to do. We are going to have to do that this week. With Tom Brady, you can’t give him a lot of throwing range. That’s going to be important.”