Suggs read Roethlisberger on interception

Ravens outside linebacker paid attention to quarterback's body language

November 07, 2011|By Edward Lee

With the Ravens leading just 9-6 after halftime, the Pittsburgh Steelers appeared poised to either tie the score or take their first lead Sunday night as the offense marched 66 yards on eight plays to open the third quarter.

But on first-and-10 from the Ravens’ 14-yard line, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tried to connect with wide receiver Mike Wallace on a quick screen in the right flat. Instead, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs jumped and snatched the ball of out the air, returning it 9 yards to the 29.

After the Ravens’ 23-20 victory, Suggs said he read Roethlisberger’s body language before making the interception.

“He was talking to the receivers too long,” Suggs recalled. “Wallace was their No. 1, and he just gave him a little extra look. So I said, ‘If he doesn’t throw this screen, then oh well, you can still rush from there. But if he does, I’ve got a chance to pick it.’ And I should’ve scored, but I didn’t. It was a blessing. It was a good play.”

Roethlisberger complimented Suggs on the play.

“We drove down and then Terrell Suggs made a great play on a peg,” Roethlisberger said. “You just never know. We had a great screen set up, but Suggs jumped up and made a heck of a play.”

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