I’m back at The Castle after another lovely drive down I-70, and with about 10 minutes to go until John Harbaugh’s press conference, I thought I’d share some extra notes on what we witnessed last night.
* I don’t think I’ve ever seen head coach John Harbaugh that excited following a regular season win. Harbaugh was fired up from the moment he stepped into the press conference room after the game, and was still juiced up about 20 minutes later when casually talking with reporters in the coaches’ dressing room. This game meant something to Harbaugh, all right.
* The Ravens converted on 14 of their 21 third-down opportunities, good for a whopping 67 percent. That is the most third-down conversions the Ravens have had in a single game in franchise history.
* After taking the Ravens on that thrilling touchdown drive that gave them the lead with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter, Joe Flacco now has led eight game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in his career.
* David Reed was really strong in the kick return game last night, averaging 32 yards on four returns, with a long of 45. Reed put the ball on the ground once, but it luckily was recovered by fullback Vonta Leach, saving the Ravens from a disastrous turnover.
* While it didn’t end up serving as the game-winning touchdown, you still have to marvel at the type of playmaker Ben Roethlisberger is. To buy more than six seconds of time in the pocket, roll out and deliver a strike on the money to Mike Wallace for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter with defenders spread throughout the end zone ... that was just sick.
* How smart is Terrell Suggs? He sees Roethlisberger talking to his wide receivers for an extra long period of time, then watches as three wideout line up in a bunch formation to Roethlisberger’s right. Suggs, stationed on that side of the formation, said he then saw Roethlisberger give Wallace another look, and assumed that the Steelers were going to throw a wide receiver screen to the speedy receiver. Suggs jumped right as Roethlisberger turns to that side, and had Big Ben’s pass land right in his hands. Smart football play by a smart - and talented - football player.
* Brendon Ayanbadejo said after the game that he suffered a mild concussion. He appeared to be OK and was talking and moving around just fine, but he’ll need to be monitored throughout the week.