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Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs talks about his interception in the AFC wild-card win over the Steelers. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

The ball hit off the hands of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Ben Tate and was bobbled by Terrell Suggs before the Ravens outside linebacker intercepted a pass by Ben Roethlisberger in unconventional fashion.

Suggs managed to trap the ball between his knees before securing it with his hands and heading to the sideline, where he was congratulated by coach John Harbaugh.

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"It was the greatest catch in football," Harbaugh said. "You'll never see a greater catch. We just gave him the game ball for the greatest catch in the history of football. I toss it to him. What happened do you think? He dropped it. He caught the one that mattered. Clutch."

The interception in the fourth quarter led to a touchdown from quarterback Joe Flacco to tight end Crockett Gillmore during the Ravens' 30-17 AFC wild-card victory at Heinz Field.

On social media, Suggs is drawing comparisons to those old Thighmaster commercials.

"Ed Reed said there's going to be a time when they throw me the ball and make sure you make me proud and catch it," Suggs said, referencing the Ravens' retired Pro Bowl safety. "I knew that Ben had been coming from behind against us for years. I knew when the play was called to just be patient because he's going to try to make a play.

"I saw the running back. I saw him ready to dump it and I just wanted to make a play on the running back and the ball popped up. It was one of those plays that could change the game and I just knew I had to catch it, Grab the ball, get down and catch it. Had I dropped it, ain't no telling what Ben would've done. It was just being in the right place at the right time."

Suggs had six tackles, but no sacks in the win as fellow outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil sacked Roethlisberger twice.

Suggs acknowledged that he prefers sacks to interceptions.

"I'm being totally honest with you, I told [rookie inside linebacker] C.J. (Mosley) that I would rather it had been a sack and a forced fumble, but I'll take the pick," Suggs said. "Definitely wanted a sack, but they've done a good job with their protection to make sure that I don't get to [Roethlisberger] too much. But come next year I'm going to have to have confrontations with him a little bit."

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