Every week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week's game. Today, he looks at cornerback
The Ravens were ready, and cornerback
Two plays after Ravens quarterback
The Steelers had the ball on 2nd-and-12 at their 47-yard line when Tomlin gave the green light for the trick play.
"[I was] trying to search for a significant play," Tomlin explained.
The Steelers lined up with Dwyer deep in the backfield and a pair of tight ends along the line of scrimmage. Brown was in the right slot and fellow wide receiver
After the snap, Batch faked the handoff to Dwyer, who then slipped through the line and up the right sideline, and he instead handed it to Brown, who was running from right to left. Steelers left guard
The Steelers only had two receivers running routes as Brown hit the brakes at the left hash to plant for a throw, and Brown immediately looked to Dwyer on the backside of the play and not Sanders, who took two Ravens deep down the left half of the field. The left-handed wide receiver launched the ball back across the grain to Dwyer, who would have been wide open on the right sideline if Graham hadn't stayed home.
Brown carried the ball seven times in 2011 and five times in 2012 with most, if not all, of them coming on end-arounds. He also attempted a pass earlier this year against the
But Graham blew up the play by sticking with his assignment and running with Dwyer up the field. Brown should have pulled the ball down and tried to get back to the line of scrimmage, but he threw it up for grabs. Graham out-leaped the 5-foot-11 back, picked off the pass and stepped out of bounds at the 31-yard line.
"We all know that [Brown] can throw the ball," Graham said. "Watching him on film, he made a lot of passes over his career, so we know he throws the ball. So, when they do the reverse, we've seen the reverse pass several times, so it's just my responsibility to be back there and not bite up on that, and when the ball comes up you've just got to make a play."
The Ravens quickly scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive to go up, 13-3, but as we know, Batch, Dwyer and the Steelers were able to move the ball on the Ravens in the second half and come back to win, 23-20.