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The play called was a stretch run to the left and the Ravens did a good job of firing off the line of scrimmage in unison and quickly establishing blocks on the Bears, who were in their nickel personnel. Dickson and Monroe double-teamed Bears right defensive end Julius Peppers and steered him off the sidelines. Once he was taken care of, Dickson slipped off Peppers to the second level and walled off outside linebacker James Anderson. Jones got his block on cornerback Zach Bowman on the left sideline. Meanwhile, left guard A.Q. Shipley was able to go directly to the second level, where he blocked middle linebacker Jon Bostic about 5 yards down the field. Center Gino Gradkowski, right guard Marshal Yanda and right tackle Michael Oher were able to execute successful reach blocks, getting a step on their assigned defenders and turning to seal them off and open up a running lane for Rice off left guard. "One of the things we did a better job of was with our combination blocks," Harbaugh said Monday. "We did a better job of [identifying] which linebacker we were working to. The angles through the double team up to the linebacker were better. We got on those guys a little better. I thought we got them running. We stopped penetration a little bit better up front. We had fewer situations where we had to navigate a defensive lineman in the backfield. Those are probably the main things."
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