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Tucker was the last line of defense, but Dwyer spun him around, leaving the final opening for Sanders. But as he dodged a desperate dive by outside linebacker John Simon and tried to squeak by Tucker on his way toward the Baltimore end zone, Sanders barely stepped out of bounds at the Pittsburgh 33-yard line.
"I knew in my mind that I was going to bring it out regardless. I trust in my speed, I trust in they guys and them telling me that they had me," Sanders said. "It was the perfect play. I just barely stepped out."
The Ravens caught a break there, but with the Heinz Field crowd springing back to life and the Steelers in good starting position for their two-minute drill, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger guided the Steelers into field-goal range and Shaun Suisham kicked a 42-yard field goal to win and drop the Ravens to 3-4.
On Tuesday, the Ravens were still lamenting the bad bounces and blown assignments on that return.
"It's one of those things, if everybody is in the right position, it's a no-gain play," Miles said. "I make that play. It's what it is. Now, it's time for us to move on. They get paid, too. He made a play. They're NFL guys, too. We have to do better, that's why we have these extra days and we're going to do better."
October 20, 2013