"This is a very special victory for us," coach John Harbaugh said. "Not just because it's a playoff win and we get the chance to advance, which is the most important part, but also because of who it comes against. (Kevin Richardson)
During the fourth quarter of the Ravens' win Saturday over the Pittsburgh Steelers, long snapper Patrick Scales' high snap caused punter Sam Koch to leap for the football.
It was a costly error by Scales, who is the Ravens' third long snapper of the season after Morgan Cox and Kevin McDermott were placed on injured reserve.
The high snap gave Pittsburgh safety Shamarko Thomas enough time to beat Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk and block the punt out of bounds in the end zone for a safety.
During the Steelers' ensuing possession, middle linebacker Daryl Smith forced tight end Heath Miller to fumble, and the ball was recovered by strong safety Darian Stewart to close out the game.
"It was more of the snap," Ravens coach John Harbauugh said. "Just the timing of the thing was thrown off, and they had a rush on right there where the snap took them, and they did a good job with it. We were very fortunate that it went straight out of bounds, and we had the safety on it."