Despite solid coverage, Ravens' Webb unable to stop Bears' Bennett on key overtime play
By AARON WILSON
The Baltimore Sun|
Nov 18, 2013 | 7:20 AM
Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb got stuck in a vulnerable position in overtime Sunday, matched opposite imposing Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett.
At 6-foot-6, 265 pounds with impressive speed, Bennett represents a big target.
And Bennett used both of those assets to full advantage against the 5-foot-10, 182-pound Webb during a pivotal 43-yard reception in overtime, setting up the game-winning field goal by Robbie Gould during the Ravens' 23-20 loss to the Bears at Soldier Field.
Lining up in the slot, Bennett ran straight down the field with Webb applying tight coverage. Bennett timed his leap perfectly, elevating to haul in a perfect throw from Bears quarterback Josh McCown. Three plays later, Gould hit a 38-yard field goal to win the game.
Webb was trailing Bennett and had solid coverage, but he couldn't get in position to turn his body to try to make a play.
"He made a play, I didn't," Webb said. "He made a great play. It was at the last minute. He went up. At that moment, I didn't have a chance.
"It's very frustrating, man. I was there, he just made a big catch. The quarterback put it in a nice spot. I couldn't even get to it. He made a good play. He made a hell of a play."
From Ravens coach John Harbaugh's perspective, there wasn't much Webb could do in that situation.
"I thought he had good coverage," Harbaugh said. "It was a well-thrown ball in those circumstances. The tight end is a big man. He was kind of out of Lardarius's reach, and made a nice play."
When the Bears got in the third-and-nine situation at their own 35-yard line, McCown and his teammates, including injured starter Jay Cutler, thought the play to Bennett might work.
"When the call came in, I can remember making eye contact with Jay on the sideline and he was just smiling," McCown said. "We got the coverage we wanted and it was a great call. Then, Martellus made an awesome play."