Monday, January 16, 2012
Ravens offense got help from 'big brother'
By Jamison Hensley
In Sunday's 20-13 divisional playoff win, the Baltimore Ravens managed three points in the final three quarters. They went three-and-out on eight of 15 drives. Their longest drive of the game was 59 yards.
One reason for the Ravens' struggles is that they were playing the NFL's second-ranked defense in the Texans. But this has become status quo for the Ravens defense, which won the game with three interceptions.
"We feel like we're the big brother of the team," safety Ed Reed said after the game. "But our offense will get going. We knew that. We knew they would make plays when they needed to."
Reed has also been a big brother when it comes to the secondary. He's played an important role in the development of cornerback Lardarius Webb from a third-round pick in 2009 to one of the top defenders in the NFL this season.
Webb made two interceptions in the playoff game to increase his team-leading total this season to seven.
"I've actually been very hard on him the last couple of weeks because I know how good he wants to be, and I know what he can accomplish," Reed said. "For him to come out and make the plays that he did was awesome."