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The Browns, who were leading, 6-0, at the time, sent four receivers into routes on the play. Wide receiver Greg Little was isolated against cornerback Jimmy Smith to the left of the offensive line. Tight end Jordan Cameron was flexed out to the right with wide receivers Davone Bess and Travis Benjamin bunched behind him. The Browns left third-down back Chris Ogbonnaya in the backfield to pass protect.
The Ravens responded by putting seven defenders in the box. Dumervil was in a three-point stance across from right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. Suggs was in a three-point stance across from left tackle Joe Thomas. Haloti Ngata manned the nose. Rookie weak-side linebacker Arthur Brown was on the edge outside of Dumervil. Strong-side linebacker Courtney Upshaw was on the opposite side outside of Suggs.
At the snap, five of the Ravens in the box surged forward. Ngata and Dumervil slanted right, with Ngata occupying the left guard and the center and Dumervil using his leverage to get underneath right guard Oniel Cousins and knock him back in his tracks. Suggs looped around to the left and attacked the pocket behind Dumervil. Both Upshaw and Brown were able to gain the outside edge on the offensive tackles.
Strong-side linebacker Daryl Smith delayed his blitz for half of a second, possibly waiting to see if Ogbonnaya ran out into a route or stayed into block. By the time Smith was moving forward, a lane to Weeden had opened up between the left tackle and guard. Ogbonnaya wasn't able to pick him up because Cousins backpedaled onto his foot, causing him to fall onto his backside without blocking anyone.
"We had been putting pressure on them all day," Smith said. "The pocket collapsed and we had great coverage on the back end. We were able to get in there and get the sack. That's what you dream about."
September 16, 2013