Instead of being manhandled by a formidable Detroit Lions defensive line headlined by defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, the Ravens' interior offensive line proved they weren't overmatched Monday night.
During an 18-16 victory at Ford Field, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked just once on a safety blitz by Glover Quin and hit six times.
One of the most intimidating defensive linemen in the NFL, Suh finished with three tackles. Fairley had three tackles, one for a loss and one quarterback hit as center Gino Gradkowski, left guard A.Q. Shipley and right guard Marshal Yanda held their own.
"They have a great defensive line," center Gino Gradkowski said. "I think Marshal and A.Q. did a great job with those guys. We just battled all game. I think we fought hard and we pulled out the win, which was the most important thing."
Gradkowski recovered a Flacco fumble on the sack by Quin in the fourth quarter.
"I just happened to be in the right place at the right time," Gradkowski said. "Suh actually did a good job of beating me across my face on that play. So, I was just trying to hold on for dear life and then the ball ended up being right there."
Flacco wound up limping to the sideline when he got hit with a helmet in his left knee by linebacker DeAndre Levy in the fourth quarter, but it doesn't appear to be serious and he finished the game.
Overall, the Ravens' offensive line, backs and tight ends didn't break down often against a talented front seven.
"It takes everybody," Yanda said.
The Ravens also rushed for 90 yards on 21 carries, averaging 4.3 yards per run.
"I thought our offensive line played great," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Against that pass rush and that front, we ran the ball effectively as we needed to and we pass protected extremely well."
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