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Notebook: Pollard delivers crushing hit on Patriots' Ridley

Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard lived up to his intimidating reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the NFL, knocking New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley out of Sunday's AFC championship game with a devastating fourth-quarter tackle.

During the Ravens' 28-13 AFC victory at Gillette Stadium, Ridley was down on the ground for several scary minutes before finally walking off the field under his own power.

"Bernard, man, he's a hitter," Ravens free safety Ed Reed said. "He's a thumper."

The crushing tackle by the man nicknamed "Bonecrusher" provided a huge shift of...