Following a regular season where he missed five games after undergoing sports hernia surgery, losing his nickel back job and being limited to 31 tackles and no interceptions, the 2011 first-round draft pick from Colorado registered an impressive performance in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. It was Smith who broke up a pass intended for 49ers star wide receiver
On the ensuing play, Smith jammed Crabtree and disrupted his pass pattern in what was a borderline illegal play that wasn't flagged by the officials.
"The fact that I made a couple of plays made me feel great," Smith said. "It propelled us to win the game. It's a great feeling. The first one, Crabtree motioned across the ball and I had watched that on film all week. That's one of their go-to red-zone plays. I left my guy and took
If Smith allows either of those receptions, the Ravens might have lost the football game Sunday night.
"I'm sure it will be a springboard for Jimmy, but how does it get any bigger than the Super Bowl on the last drive?" Ravens coach
"He finally got healthy at the end of the year there. He was at his best in the last couple weeks. Jimmy is going to be, like we said all along, a great player in this league. I love him. He's really special."
At 6 feet 2, 205 pounds with a strong upper body, Smith is unusually big for his position, with the requisite size and speed of a shutdown cornerback. Smith, though, has lacked consistency.
"That's just what Jimmy does," said cornerback
Much more had been expected initially of Smith, who has 49 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass deflections in two
"It's been an up-and-down career so far," Smith said. "To be able to make those plays makes everything better. It makes everything feel great."
Although he won't undergo magnetic resonance imaging exams on his left knee until Tuesday, the prognosis for
Ngata wasn't on crutches at the team hotel Monday and was moving quickly.
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, they would be surprised if Ngata has any major ligament damage and are hopeful that it's just a sprained medial collateral ligament.
Baltimore Sun reporter David Zurawik contributed to this article.