Flustered, harassed and repeatedly knocked to the ground by a relentless
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees stuck with an aggressive approach, blitzing defenders and using unusual alignments. He occasionally utilized safeties James Ihedigbo and
During a 33-14 victory at M&T Bank Stadium that secured an
"Coach Pees did a great job of showing different plays, showing pressure and playing coverage and showing coverage and running pressures," said Ihedigbo, who had two quarterback hits. "It kept them on their toes. It messed up his communication with his receivers. We played great as a defense. Whenever you play that fast and that physical, it's tough to beat."
One week after his older brother,
"We kept Eli on his toes," cornerback
The Ravens had one sack by blitzing inside linebacker
It was a breakthrough against an offense that rarely allows Manning to play under this much duress.
"We watched their offensive line all week and we noticed they were really protecting Eli well, but we really gave them fits," Ayanbadejo said. "Dean did a great job of mixing up the calls and the guys executed. Overall, we played faster than them. They were a step behind us."
It was nearly constant pressure for a maligned defense that had entered the game with only 32 sacks.
"I think it's a step forward," said Ngata, who registered his fifth sack of the season. "We had kind of been down the last coupleof weeks. This is a game where we showed our defense.
"Coach Pees did a great job. He called blitzes when he needed to. Guys beat their one-on-one blocks. It was good all the way around."
Veteran middle linebacker Ray Lewis will remain sidelined until at least the postseason, according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
Lewis, who remains on the injured reserve-designated to return list with a surgically repaired torn right triceps, won't get back on the field for the regular-season finale next week against the
"We will not look at him again for this week," Harbaugh said. "We'll look at him for the playoffs. It's a 12- to 16-week injury. So if you do the math going back, we thought there was a chance. He's progressing really well.
"I'm not saying he couldn't have played the last couple of weeks, but it would've been risky to re-injure it. The fact that there was some patience on Ray's part and our part, it turned out well."
The two-time former NFL Defensive Player of the Year tore his triceps in a win over the
Lewis has been sidelined for the past nine games and has been champing at the bit to get back on the field.
"It's hard, he wants to play," Harbaugh said. "Nobody wants to play more than Ray, but Ray sees it for what it is and he sees the big picture."
When asked if Lewis could potentially return in time for the Ravens' opening-round playoff game, Harbaugh replied: "There's always a chance. We can't say right now for sure."
Big day for
Ravens rookie backup running back
It was a career-high 78 yard run as Pierce scooted away from pursuit until being caught from behind by cornerback
"I hit the hole and I saw the safety coming down and I thought to myself, 'Run away from him,' because he was coming down pretty fast," Pierce said. "I kind of took a little right turn, put my head down and started running."
The Ravens gained a season-high 226 rushing yards, topping the 186 yards they gained in a 31-28 overtime loss to the
"It seemed like they had 13 guys on the field, and then two would run off," Giants linebacker
And the third-round draft pick from Temple finished the game with a career-high 123 rushing yards on just 14 carries as he averaged 8.8 yards per rush.
Both Pierce and
"It felt great," said Pierce, who returned one week after suffering a
Pierce was cleared for contact Saturday after passing his baseline neurological test.
"I've had a concussion before, so I know my body," Pierce said. "By Wednesday or Thursday, I was really starting to feel better."
For the season, Pierce has gained 443 yards and scored one touchdown as the replacement for
"I joked with him," said Rice, who has rushed for1,138 yards and nine touchdowns. "I said we've got one thing in common: We do get caught from behind. We've got two different running styles, but it was great to see him go over 100. He's definitely been a great complement to me. He's a student of the game, and he's only going to get better."
Ravens star free safety
Reed was penalized for his sideline hit on wide receiver
As a repeat offender who had a one-game suspension overturned by NFL hearing officer and former
If Reed is suspended without pay, it would cost him an entire game check of $423,529. This hit could fall into a grey area in how it's interpreted under the NFL rulebook considering that the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year led with his shoulder and it wasn't a crushing blow that caused an injury.
"I don't know," Reed said when asked if he thinks he'll be punished by the league office. "I don't know what's going to come of it. I had the referee whispering in my ear on the second play. All I like to do is play the game. I don't really know what to do with it. I don't really know what to do with that. I thought it was a decent hit. He got up from it."
Ravens shut down Giants' pass rush
Headlined by disruptive defensive end
They didn't live up to that advance billing Sunday, though, as they were stonewalled during the Ravens' 33-14 victory at M&T Bank Stadium.
Paul, who had 16 1/2 sacks last season and entered the game with 6 1/2 sacks, was contained as he had just one quarterback hit.
"I think we played really well as a unit," rookie offensive tackle
Pro Bowl offensive guard
"It was good having Marshal back in there," Osemele said. "The communication was good. We didn't lose a step."
Running an efficient offense that set season-highs with 533 yards of total offense and 224 rushing yards, the Ravens converted 11 of 18 third downs.
"It was a collective effort from everybody protecting Joe, and a matter of Joe getting the ball out on time," Yanda said. "Converting third downs was huge. You're going to win football games doing that."
Promoted from the practice squad earlier this month, Omar Brown was thrilled to learn he would have an increased role against the Giants.
Sacking Manning in the third quarter was a huge moment for the undrafted rookie safety from Marshall.
"It felt great," Brown said. "I really worked hard on the practice squad, learning the system. As a free agent, you got to earn your way a little bit more."
One week after former first-round cornerback
Brown was beaten for a touchdown late by
"The touchdown I gave up was a lesson learned," Brown said. "I tried to get greedy and looked for the ball and went for the pick instead of just playing my man. It's something I got to learn from. I was happy with how I played for the most part. I came into this game with the mind frame that I've got to make a name for myself."
Wide receiver Anquan Boldin left the game with a shoulder injury after catching his seventh pass of the game. He caught all seven passes he was targeted for 93 yards.
Harbaugh announced that there were no major injuries.
"Injury-wise, we don't have any injuries that are of note," Harbaugh said. "Right now, everything looks like it's minor."
Ellerbe, Dickson return
Ravens starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe returned to action after missing the previous three games with a sprained right ankle.
He led the Ravens with five tackles, limping off at one point before going back in the game.
"Yeah, I felt all right," Ellerbe said. "Yeah, it's fine. It's not bad. It's good enough to go."
Ellerbe had a sack taken away when outside linebacker
"Yeah, I got bad luck like that," said Ellerbe, who has 4 1/2 sacks this season. "I timed it up."
Did he say anything to Suggs about the play?
"There was nothing I could say to him at that point," Ellerbe said. "He already knew how I felt. He said something like, 'Sorry, man, my bad.' So, I said, 'It's all right.' But he went offsides on me, so I didn't get the sack."
Meanwhile, starting strong safety
"Just going into the playoffs, I didn't want to wait and test the waters," Dickson said. "It felt the way it felt and it felt good to get back out there. I kind of got rolled up on one play. A little soreness, but I think I did pretty good."
"It was tough to sit on the sidelines, but the guys played great," McClellan said. "I hate this feeling of sitting on the sideline. It feels like college again when I tore my ACL. I don't want to have this feeling again. I'll be back out there soon."