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In the first minute of Baltimore's 13-10 win in Pittsburgh on Sunday night, Steelers backup quarterback Byron Leftwich did something that few people in Heinz Field -- probably Leftwich included -- believed he could do.
The Steelers had the football inside Ravens territory after cornerback
But after the snap of the ball, the Ravens, who dropped seven defenders into coverage, blanketed the three wide receivers and two tight ends who leaked down the field, too. Left defensive end
With nowhere to throw after 2 1/2 seconds in the pocket and with Suggs bearing on him, Leftwich -- who is known for his lead feet as much as his strong arm -- rambled to his right and was still looking to throw.
With nothing there and Suggs still trailing him, Leftwich kept running toward the first-down marker on the right sideline. Because the Ravens were in man coverage and all but one of the Steelers' routes flooded to left side of the field, there were only two defenders in coverage on the right side and a lot of grass starting at Leftwich. So instead of running out of bounds to avoid contact, the 32-year-old kept chugging along.
"The thing is we said he was a statue," Suggs later said. "We said he wasn't going to move. He proved all of us wrong. He did move. He was doing it pretty good. Fast, too. … I thought we were going to get him down."
Leftwich somehow snuck his wide frame between cornerback
"I take full blame for the touchdown," Pollard said in the Ravens locker room. "We've got to stay on alert. When the quarterback takes off, we got to hit him. It sucks, man. You never want to let a quarterback do that to you."
Meanwhile, in the somber Steelers locker room, Leftwich's teammates quipped that his 31-yard touchdown run stunned them, too. But Leftwich said that he is faster than most people give him credit for.
"I joke with my teammates all the time," he told reporters. "I'm not a slow quarterback. I'm just the slowest black quarterback. I can move around just as good as any of these other pocket passers in the league."