The Ravens' review: 2012 season
To keep you entertained during the 2013 NFL offseason, blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will go back and review the performance of each significant Ravens contributor during the 2012 season. He started with the team's free agents and recent retires and will break down a new Ravens player every weekday.
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Haloti Ngata, defensive lineman( Rob Carr, Getty Images / December 16, 2012 )
GS: 14 | GP: 14 | Snaps: 863
Season in review: Ngata was voted to his fourth straight Pro Bowl in 2012, but admittedly, Ngata wasn't quite himself as he showed up on the heavier side during training camp and then struggled with injuries during the season. He still fought through double teams to finish with at least five sacks for the third straight season.
Signature moment: His impact in the Super Bowl might not show up in the box score, but Ngata was an immovable object against the San Francisco 49ers, who struggled to run the ball when Ngata was in the game. But after he suffered a knee injury in the third quarter, the 49ers were much more successful running the ball as they unsuccessfully attempted to mount a comeback.
Stat that stands out: 48 -- total pressures in 2012, according to Pro Football Focus, which was second on the team.
Pro Football Focus grade: +11.2 overall | +11.7 as a run defender | +2.4 as a pass rusher | -1.5 in coverage.
Outlook for 2013 and beyond: The Ravens need Ngata, who carries one of the largest salary cap hits on the roster, to be healthy and playing like himself again after uneven seasons in 2011 and 2012. Big contracts come with big expectations. When he is on his game, few interior linemen are more disruptive. And even when he is off his game, he is still pretty good.