The Ravens' 2010 season ended with a heart-breaking loss to the Steelers on Saturday. Instead of winning the Lombardi Trophy, some players will be forced to settle for one of my end-of-season honors (honestly, I can't think of a worse consolation prize than that). And my awards go to...

Offensive player of the year: Todd Heap. The fact that there is no clear winner for this award tells you everything you need to know about the Ravens' offensive performance in 2010. I'll go with Heap, who was an underrated blocker and the team's most consistent offensive weapon.

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Defensive player of the year: Haloti Ngata. Ngata was the Ravens' best defender in the first half of the season. Terrell Suggs was the best in the second half. But Ngata gets the nod when you put it all together. He was a brick wall against the run and second on the team in sacks (sadly).

Rookie of the year: David Reed. The only rookie to make major contributions this season was Reed, who led the NFL in kickoff return average and took one to the house against the Texans.

Biggest (legal) hit: Ray Lewis. His monster hit on Dustin Keller back in Week 1 couldn't be topped all season, though Ed Reed's heat-seeking tackle in the wild-card round got some consideration.

Most stirring rendition of a Miley Cyrus Song: Willis McGahee.

Craziest controversy: Le'Ron McClain v. Channing Crowder. In Week 9, Crowder accused McClain of spitting in his face. Then the Dolphins linebacker said a bunch of crazy stuff. Good times.

Biggest head-scratcher: Not playing Donte' Stallworth. Stallworth is capable of stretching defenses vertically, but offensive coordinator Cam Cameron inexplicably kept him chained to the bench.

Most welcome surprise No. 1: Sizzle's resurgence. Suggs earned his hefty paychecks by turning up the heat after the bye week. He finished the regular season with 7.5 sacks in his last nine games, and he racked up five sacks in the postseason. And he did it without a wingman, too.

Most welcome surprise No. 2: Cundiff's comeback. Billy Cundiff made more than 90 percent of his field goals and tied the NFL record for touchbacks. He earned that spot in the Pro Bowl.

Biggest disappointment: Joe Flacco's play against the Steelers in the divisional round. The offense as a whole is deserving of this award, but I expected Flacco to outplay Ben Roethlisberger last weekend and he made me look foolish with another sub-par postseason performance.

Most memorable play (in a good way): Flacco and T.J. Houshmandzadeh teaming up to beat the Steelers in Week 4. You know a play is memorable if it is immortalized via "Tecmo Super Bowl."

Most memorable play (in a bad way): Only three words are needed: three-man rush.

Most outstanding face/head: Joe Flacco. His "Jersey Shore" haircut was classic, and he sported a pretty solid playoff beard. Not too shabby for a guy who was mocked for his eyebrow(s) in 2008.

Least valuable coordinator: Cam Cameron. The Ravens were 22nd in total offense. That's awful.

Most valuable player: Ed Reed. There was a little turbulence when Reed returned to the lineup in Week 7. But in the second half of the season, the Baltimore defense soared back to the top of the defensive rankings and the Ravens got back to their ball-hawking ways. They were 9-3 with Reed.

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