In 15th game, rookie Ngata gets first sack


December 25, 2006|By EDWARD LEE | EDWARD LEE,Sun Reporter

The drought is over for rookie defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

Ngata's sack of Ben Roethlisberger on Pittsburgh's second series of the second quarter was the first of the season for the 12th overall pick in April's draft.

Ngata, whose primary assignment was to rush to the outside and contain Roethlisberger, bull-rushed his blocker and pulled down Roethlisberger at the Steelers' 19, contributing to a three-and-out series for Pittsburgh.

"It felt great," Ngata said of getting his first sack. "I got kind of worried because I wasn't getting any sacks. I was like, `Man, I've got to get at least one or two before the season's done.' So it feels good to get one. Hopefully, I can get more now."

Ngata was the last starter among the Ravens' front seven to collect a sack. That leaves Ed Reed and Chris McAlister as the only starters without a sack.

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