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James Harrison beat Michael Oher for key sack, forced fumble

FootballJames HarrisonJoe FlaccoPittsburgh SteelersMichael OherHeath Miller

It was a bitter pill to swallow for Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher.

Pittsburgh Steelers veteran outside linebacker James Harrison looped around him in the fourth quarter, evading his blocking attempt to sack quarterback Joe Flacco and force a fumble recovered by defensive end Ziggy Hood.

It was a pivotal moment during the Ravens' 23-20 loss to the Steelers on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Four plays later, quarterback Charlie Batch hit tight end Heath Miller for a 7-yard touchdown pass to tie the score.

"He's a good player," Oher said of Harrison. "You've got to account for him. It's a tough loss. We have to get back to work. You can always get better. We can do a lot of things better."

This marked the second Ravens-Steelers game in a row that Harrison has recorded a sack against Oher.

The turnover was reminiscent of strong safety Troy Polamalu stripping Flacco in a Dec. 5, 2010 loss to Pittsburgh.

“I had been bull-rushing all game,” Harrison said. “On the sack, I basically set up the same way. It looked like I was going to bull-rush. But I just slapped the hands (of Oher). I just hand-played him outside. “Flacco held on to the ball a little longer than usual and I was able to get my hand in there."

Flacco held the football for a while, waiting in vain for a receiver to get open.

"Everybody was covered downfield," Flacco said. "I was getting ready to tuck it and chalk it up as a loss. The guy came around and hit my wrist. He hit the ball and just got it out. I tried to hold, but I couldn't."

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