Terrell Suggs has spent much of his career tormenting Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
The outside linebacker got the better of Roethlisberger again Saturday night, and this time it came in the form of a tumbling fourth-quarter interception that he caught with his knees.
"It was the greatest catch in football," Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said. "You'll never see a greater catch."
Suggs has a flare for the dramatic when it comes to Ravens-Steelers games, and Saturday's interception certainly fits the bill. He corralled a pass that deflected off the hands of running back Ben Tate, and then somehow kept it from hitting the turf as he pinched it between his knees and rolled on the ground.
His move is already an internet hit, being compared to thigh-master exercises.
"Ed Reed said there's going to be a time when they throw me the ball and make sure you make me proud and catch it," Suggs joked.
The interception could not have come at a bigger time. The Ravens were clinging to an eight-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh had just cut into the lead after a fumble by running back Justin Forsett, and the rally had sparked the crowd at Heinz Field.
Suggs came up with the interception at Pittsburgh's 21-yard line, and then the Ravens delivered a dagger on the very next play with a touchdown pass to tight end Crockett Gillmore to put them up by two touchdowns.
"It was one of those plays that could change the game and I just knew I had to catch it," Suggs said. "Grab the ball, get down and catch it. Had I dropped it, ain't no telling what Ben would've done. It was just being in the right place at the right time."
In addition to the interception, Suggs also had six tackles and a pass defensed in the victory.
As much as Suggs relished the interception over his biggest rival, he admitted that he still prefers to get to Roethlisberger in the backfield for sacks.
"I'm being totally honest with you, I told C.J. (Mosley) that I would rather it had been a sack and a forced fumble, but I'll take the pick," he said. "Definitely wanted a sack, but they've done a good job with their protection to make sure that I don't get to [Roethlisberger] too much. But come next year I'm going to have to have confrontations with him a little bit."
The interception was pivotal in the Ravens getting their first career postseason victory in Pittsburgh. Suggs has lost two heartbreakers to the Steelers in the postseason, and Saturday's win was a long time coming.
"It's a great achievement," he said. "Whenever my time is done on the field, they could say I never beat the Steelers in the playoffs. They can't say that now. It was a great achievement, but it's short lived."
Harbaugh awarded his veteran defender with a game ball in the locker room after the victory. As Harbaugh tossed him the ball to celebrate, Suggs dropped it.
"He caught the one that mattered," Harbaugh said with a laugh. "Clutch."