Tale of the Tape on the Ravens' key fourth-down stop in overtime vs. Bengals
Each week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players and coaches, from that week's game. Today, he looks at the fourth-down tackle of Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard in overtime during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Bengals.
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2.( November 12, 2013 )
Before the snap, Green motioned into the slot, inside of fellow wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, causing cornerback Chykie Brown to motion with him and back out of press coverage. Once the ball was snapped, Green and Sanu ran crossing routes to the left with the intention of clearing out the defense. Eifert moved left in the backfield to protect Dalton's blind side and got in the way of outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil.
Meanwhile, Bernard ran into the right flat, where the Bengals were trying to get him alone in space.
Ihedigbo recognized that the Bengals had ran the same play earlier in the game and barged through the traffic and into the backfield, where he tried to wrap up Bernard four yards behind the line of scrimmage.
"They ran the play earlier in the game, and the offensive lineman, he grabbed me, and I couldn't get off the block, so the other guys made the tackle," he said. "Once I saw the tight end go to the other side, I said, 'Oh, they're running it again.' It just clicked. He broke out. He's a strong runner, Giovani Bernard."
He shook free of Ihedigbo, but outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and defensive end Chris Canty had rallied to the ball and were between him and the first-down marker. So Bernard changed course and started meandering back to his left in a play reminiscent of his recent touchdown against the Miami Dolphins.