Shoving blockers into the New Orleans Saints' backfield Monday night, veteran Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs pushed hard enough to knock down quarterback Drew Brees.
It represented a milestone for the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, surpassing the 100-sack mark in his career during the third quarter of the Ravens' 34-27 victory over the Saints. Suggs now has six sacks for the season and 100.5 sacks for his career.
"I feel like he's just beginning," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "It'll be fun to see where he goes from here. Great football player, great leader. He's the guy that grabbed us up as a team this week. He pointed us in the right direction all week with what he said and how he practiced."
Drafted by the Ravens in the first round in 2003 out of Arizona State, Suggs is a six-time Pro Bowl selection and the Ravens' all-time leading pass rusher. Suggs is the 31st player in NFL history to record 100 sacks.
"Those are yellow-jacket type accolades," outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil said. "He's been consistent through his career, not surprised."
Suggs wasn't alone in attacking Brees, who was sacked four times and hit eight times overall. Dumervil sacked Brees twice and leads the Ravens with 12.5 sacks this season.
"When you play with a lot of good players, it makes it easy," Dumervil said. "You got [defensive tackle] Haloti Ngata inside, playing opposite Terrell Suggs. Our coverage has been great, good scheme. I'm in a great situation."