Tale of the Tape on Courtney Upshaw's key block vs. the Jets
Each week, reporter and blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players and coaches, from that week's game. Today, he breaks down Courtney Upshaw's key block on a long punt return by Jacoby Jones in Sunday's 19-3 win over the New York Jets.
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It isn't often that one of the biggest highlights of a game is a block on special teams, but perhaps it was fitting Sunday in a physical game dominated by defense that featured just one touchdown and five field goals.
Wide receiver Jacoby Jones had a big day on special teams, returning five punts for 108 yards. His longest return, a 37-yarder, was set up by devastating block by outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw.
"[Special teams coordinator] Jerry [Rosburg] has done a great job," coach John Harbaugh said. "Our guys understand punt return angles and things like that, and that's why our punt return has been so good."
Midway through the third quarter, with the Ravens leading by nine points, Jets punter Ryan Quigley boomed a 48-yard punt to Jones, who reclaimed his role as the team's primary punt returner a week ago.
The Ravens were instructed to set up a middle return. Quigley punted the ball to the numbers on the left side of the field, where the Jets were supposed to pin Jones on the sideline. Cornerback Ellis Lankster, the gunner on that sideline, evaded Corey Graham, but Jones spun out of his tackle to get into space.