Baltimore Ravens

Game 6: Ravens right ship in Miami

After the Ravens' 27-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins, the Ravens presented the game ball to offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

But it might as well have been the Dolphins who handed it to their former coach.

The Ravens' three-game losing streak ended for a couple of reasons: The Dolphins threw a costly interception and couldn't deliver one in return.

Those mistakes led to Terrell Suggs' 44-yard interception return for a score and Derrick Mason's 11-yard touchdown catch, which turned the game around in the second quarter and breathed new life into the Ravens (3-3).

"When you tend to lose two or three games in a row, players are only human and they stop believing. So, we got guys believing in here," said Suggs, the Pro Bowl linebacker who called this a "make or break" game last week.

With the score tied at 3, Suggs jumped back to the left flat, where Miami quarterback Chad Pennington threw the ball right to him.

Suggs raced down the sideline for the first touchdown in his six-year career. After falling short in the past, Suggs had to sweat this one, too.

"It's sad to say, I almost got caught at the 1 again," Suggs said.

Luckily, cornerback Frank Walker was trailing right behind to fend off the Dolphins.

Suggs acknowledged that he looked up at the JumboTron.

"I am not Ed Reed, so I don't know that feeling," Suggs said. "I'm looking at the JumboTron and it looked like that first 10 or 15 yards took forever. I heard they almost got me. I got in there, and I think it changed the outcome of the game."

In a reversal of roles, Suggs got the interception because a defensive back got pressure on the quarterback.

Strong safety Jim Leonhard was unblocked blitzing off the edge and nearly pulled down Pennington before the eight-year veteran quarterback made a rookie mistake.

"I had him wrapped up pretty good, [but] I was having a hard time getting him on the ground," Leonhard said. "I knew he wasn't going anywhere. I was surprised that he threw it out."

Suggs wasn't surprised.

It was three weeks ago when Suggs remembered Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hitting running back Mewelde Moore on a similar play. So, when Suggs saw running back Patrick Cobbs in the left flat, he knew he had to step in between him and Pennington.

The flashback turned into a game-changing runback.

"I was like, next time, I'm going to jump it," Suggs said. "If I miss it, I miss it. If I make it, I'm going to the crib."

It was Suggs' fourth career interception and his first since 2005, a span of 43 games.

"I shouldn't have made that decision, bottom line," Pennington said. "I did see Suggs. I felt like Cobbs got past him, but I just didn't have the right angle. I shouldn't have made the throw."

On the Ravens' first offensive series after Suggs' turnover, they nearly made the same mistake.

Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco threw a pass that went directly to cornerback Will Allen. Unlike Suggs, Allen dropped the would-be interception at the goal line.

On the next play, Flacco hit Mason for an 11-yard touchdown.

In a span of 8 minutes, 22 seconds, the Ravens went from a 3-3 tie to a 17-6 lead because they were able to make the turnover while the Dolphins could not.

"We needed some type of spark," Mason said. "We were able to catch them off balance."

Mason said the touchdown was redemption for the previous play.

According to Mason, he was supposed to be in the spot where Flacco threw the near interception. Mason was trying to draw Mark Clayton's defender closer to him, which forced him to be out of position.

"I kind of threw Joe a curveball," Mason said. "It was kind of me, so I had to do something to break it up. We lived to play another down."

Lining up in the slot, Mason was wide open on an out route to the sideline. He caught the short pass and ran about 5 yards to the end zone.

"Joe put it on the money," Mason said of his first touchdown of the season, which was also the first touchdown by any Ravens wide receiver. "We knew all week that it was a possibility of being there at the right time."

In rebounding from a 31-3 loss to the Colts in Indianapolis, the Ravens ended a seven-game road losing streak.

They play the Oakland Raiders at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday before heading on the road for three straight weeks.

"Guys came together," Mason said. "We knew eventually we were going to make those plays we didn't make in the previous game. We were going to make them this time and pull out a victory. That's what we did."