The hard-luck season of Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs has reversed course during the playoffs.
Suggs endured a rocky regular season where he battled debilitating injuries.
That included his dramatic return against the Houston Texans from a partially torn right Achilles tendon suffered last April that required surgery following by tearing his right biceps against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In a resurgent postseason, Suggs has recorded 19 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in three playoff games to help his team reach the Super Bowl. He only had 22 tackles and two sacks during seven regular-season games.
The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year appears to be getting healthier and more mobile in recent weeks.
"We haven't monitored or charted his explosive quotient so far, but he is getting better," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "I think he's becoming quicker, faster, more explosive, stronger, all of those things. You can tell that it is healing, and he is just playing more like a normal, 100-percent Terrell Suggs would play. So, what you are seeing is exactly right."
Suggs' upgraded play has provided a lift to the AFC champions' defense.
Last season, Suggs had glittery statistics with a career-high 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles. However, the Ravens' season ended in the AFC championship with a loss to the New England Patriots.
This time, the Ravens defeated the Patriots as Suggs had seven tackles.
"Through all our ups and downs, we've stuck together," Suggs said. "We always believed, and we kept our eyes on the prize, and that's what we kept doing."