The Ravens tied a franchise record for sacks in a game with nine during Thursday night’s 16-6 win over the San Francisco 49ers. It was also a record-setting night for Cory Redding, who racked up a career-high 2.5 sacks.
“I don’t know, man. It was just one of those special nights,” the defensive end said Monday. “Guys were just feeling it because we had a lot to play for. It’s that time of the year when you have to start to make your move.”
Three Ravens defenders -- Redding, linebacker Terrell Suggs and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata -- had at least two sacks as the Ravens swarmed 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who was hit a dozen times on the evening.
According to ESPN Stats and Information, five of the sacks came when the Ravens sent five or more pass rushers and eight came with five or more defensive backs on the field, including all three of Suggs’ sacks.
“Whenever [defensive coordinator] Chuck [Pagano] dials up a play, it’s up to everyone to do their job and get home,” Redding said. “It came with a four-man rush. Sometimes it came with five or a zone blitz. It really didn’t matter. Whatever Chuck dialed up, we were on it. Everyone was feeling good and we were just clicking.”
Especially Redding, who entered the Harbaugh Bowl with one sack on the season. Redding has started in nine games this season, and he is holding off hard-charging rookie Pernell McPhee atop the defensive depth chart.
“McPhee has done a tremendous job of coming in, being humble and listening to the veterans who are giving him advice and using that advice to his advantage,” Redding said. “When you get a chance to get a guy who is as humble as he is, but he still has that motor, that nastiness, toughness, a little grit to him. That confidence comes each and every day by applying the things we have been teaching him. My hat goes off to him.”
Hats off to Cory, too, for setting a new personal record on Thanksgiving night.