Pitta enjoys first foray into end zone

Second-year tight end gets first touchdown at critical juncture

November 25, 2011|By Edward Lee

There were many reasons why Dennis Pitta’s first touchdown catch of his young career will be special.

Not only did the tight end’s eight-yard catch come against a San Francisco 49ers ranked first in the NFL in fewest points allowed, but it also broke a 6-6 tie en route to the Ravens’ eventual 16-6 victory at M&T Bank Stadium Thursday night.

“It was a lot of fun, and it was nice to get it at such a critical point in the game,” said Pitta, who finished with two receptions for 19 yards. “Obviously, that was a huge play for us, getting momentum in the fourth quarter and kind of pulling away a little bit there. Touchdowns are fun to score. So hopefully, that’s the first of many.”

On the play, running back Ray Rice motioned to the left of the formation, drawing away a linebacker from the middle of the field. That gave Pitta enough space to fake an outside route before jumping inside and catching a perfectly-timed pass from quarterback Joe Flacco.

“Dennis did a great job of really taking a great angle when he came across that [area],” Flacco said.

Coach John Harbaugh was equally complimentary of Pitta.

“Dennis has just been special,” Harbaugh said. “When they’re playing man coverage, he got across the safety space. That’s not easy to do. To jam that route back inside, and Joe found him, that was really impressive.”

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