One factor in the Ravens' 10-9 season-opening win against the New York Jets Monday night that doesn't get much attention is the touchdown-saving tackle punter Sam Koch made in the second quarter.
Koch's open-field takedown of former Ravens and current Jets punt returner Jim Leonhard was significant because Koch was the only obstacle between Leonhard and the end zone.
Koch, however, downplayed that play.
"I just knew I had to tackle him," he said. "There wasn't that much more to it. I saw him come through, so I figured I'd make the tackle."
Among a variety of positions Koch played at Seward High School in Seward, Neb., he was a linebacker. But Koch said those skills didn't resurface Monday night.
"I hadn't practiced tackling, and we don't practice tackling," he said. "So it was just one of those things that you've got to do."