OWINGS MILLS - Overpowering Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady to generate pressure on Peyton Manning while concurrently providing a physical and active presence against the run, Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs had what teammate Haloti Ngata acknowledged was one of his top performances of the season during Baltimore's 38-35 divisional round victory over the Denver Broncos.
"Yeah, it was one of his top performances probably," Ngata said. "He's been doing a lot of good things. ... [It was] just Terrell Suggs. He was able to put some pressure on Peyton [Manning] on the edge. I just don't feel comfortable without him out there, so I'm just happy that he's out there and that he's on our team."
Suggs' production has been limited this season as he's continued to work back from the partially torn Achilles tendon that he suffered in early May while also playing through the torn right biceps that he sustained in early December.
But after recording just five total tackles - without a sack - in the three games he played in prior to Saturday, Suggs had nine tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble against the Broncos, helping Baltimore hold a potent Denver offense scoreless on six of its final seven offensive possessions.
"[I saw the] same thing that you guys saw," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. "He was physical with the run. He really pressed the pocket off the edge, squeezed the pocket. ... I'm a big Terrell Suggs fan. I really am.
"I'm an admirer of his, in all honesty. He's a great leader. He's a great player. He's playing through something that most guys wouldn't play through. And yes, he is getting better. He's improving every single week. We hope that continues."
NOTE: Harbaugh gave no update on the status of injured rookie running back Bernard Pierce Monday.
Pierce left Saturday's win against the Broncos after aggravating a pre-existing knee injury that limited him in practice during the week leading up to the game.
Pierce didn't play in the fourth quarter or overtime and was walking with a noticeable limp in the locker room after the game.
The physical rookie from Temple University rushed for 532 yards and a touchdown during the regular season and accumulated 103 yards on just 13 carries amid the Ravens' 24-9 wild-card win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Including the win over the Colts, Pierce had rushed for a combined 315 yards in the three games prior to Saturday while averaging more than six yards per rushing attempt.
He had 14 yards on five carries prior to exiting against Denver.