Every Tuesday, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week's game. Today he looks at the critical fourth-quarter sack of
For much of Sunday night's game against the New England Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady was one step ahead of the Ravens. They would overload one side of the line or try to surprise him with a cornerback blitz, but he would quickly identify an open receiver in the vacated space to make the Ravens pay for the pressure.
But late in the fourth quarter, with the Patriots clinging to a 30-28 lead, the Ravens were finally able to overwhelm Brady and blow up their attempt at a clock-killing drive at midfield. The key play came when defensive tackle
On 2nd and 9 with 2:12 left in the game, Brady lined up in the shotgun. Besides the three-time
By the time the shotgun snap reached Brady’s hands, Ngata had already engaged the Patriots offensive line. When right guard
"He came down on me hard and I felt him, so I just spun around him and Brady was there when I turned around," he said.
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the line, Ellerbe benefited from a blown assignment by the Patriots. Left tackle
"They let me come free, but that's all that matters," said Ellerbe, who also recorded a sack in the first half of the game.
Not that Brady had much of a chance to get the ball out of his hands -- I counted two seconds -- but the Ravens had tight man coverage behind their five-man rush.
On the following play, a 3rd and long situation, the Ravens pressured Brady into an incompletion to get the ball back. Then quarterback