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Terrell Suggs: Championship teams don’t lose like the Ravens lost

Ravens outside linebacker Suggs walks off the field after losing to the Chargers following their Sunday Night NFL football game in San Diego Reuters

Before Sunday night’s thrashing in San Diego, Baltimore looked like as good a bet as anyone to emerge as the AFC’s Super Bowl team. But the Ravens sure didn’t look like a championship team on Sunday night.

“Championship teams don’t take a step back,” Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said afterward, via CSNBaltimore.com. “It’s a reality check. You don’t show up to play in a big game like this, you get your ass whipped.”

The Ravens are now half a game behind the Steelers, who play the 49ers tonight, in the AFC North. That means Baltimore has gone from having a good chance at winning home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs to now having a good chance at a wild card. That’s the difference between needing to win twice at home to get to the Super Bowl and needing to win three times on the road to get to the Super Bowl.

“We’re in hell now, but we have a vacation home in hell,” Suggs said.

Suggs said it wasn’t that the Ravens were unprepared. It was just that they didn’t execute.

“I’m disappointed,” Suggs said, “because our coaches prepared us for this. We knew they were going to try to light up the scoreboard. But we came out and played like that. It’s just disappointing.”

On a wild Sunday in the NFL, there may not have been a more disappointing team than the Ravens.

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  1. steelersownyou says: Dec 19, 2011 7:13 AM

    I loved every second of it… I loved seeing the sidelines during the game. All of baltimore defense yelling at each other…It was priceless! Get ready for 5th seef suckas…T sizzle got sizzled and im out this pizzle bizzles! See how dumb you sound ravens fans!? GO STEELERS!

  2. steelersownyou says: Dec 19, 2011 7:14 AM

    *seed

  3. tobiasjodter says: Dec 19, 2011 7:16 AM

    Inquiring minds want to know if the NFL will fine Suggs for his blow-to-the-head penalty in the 2nd quarter? This would be his third fine this year if that is the case. Possible “repeat offender” situation…

  4. godzilla111111 says: Dec 19, 2011 7:17 AM

    Congrats to the Bolts-great game.

    Flacco has as many very bad games as he does very good games. The rest of the time he is ordinary.

    No one who saw them lose to Jax was surprised by the outome last night. Disappointed? Yes. Surprised? No.

    Never saw Ray Lewis look so slow.

  5. lookatthefarside says: Dec 19, 2011 7:17 AM

    He’s right. Baltimore is Hell.

  6. allball23 says: Dec 19, 2011 7:18 AM

    Funny how the game that ray lewis comes back they lay an egg. Team plays up and down to it’s to the team they are playing.

  7. hoosierdude says: Dec 19, 2011 7:29 AM

    Suggs said it wasn’t that the Ravens were unprepared. It was just that they didn’t execute.

    I hear this “We just didn’t execute” crap from every losing team. The question is, if they weren’t
    unprepared, WHY didn’t they execute?

  8. imopen7 says: Dec 19, 2011 7:31 AM

    Is har-bag gonna call his wittle brodder to bail his arse out tonight? FO SHIZZLE!

    Headlines: Santa spotted flying over the US handing out gifts and treats…..also…. Baltimoron’s coaching staff spotted flying around California…leaving San Diego and headed to San Fran handing out Steeler scouting reports!

  9. jc1958cool says: Dec 19, 2011 7:33 AM

    packers were more disappointing!both teams do get paid

  10. jeepin08 says: Dec 19, 2011 7:39 AM

    They really are not that good enough to be classified as a championship caliber team. Flacco is a very inconsistent QB. And not very good at all.

  11. clivus63 says: Dec 19, 2011 7:52 AM

    Reagrdless, Baltimore and Pittsburgh are on a collision course.

  12. terrellpryorstattooartist says: Dec 19, 2011 7:53 AM

    I knew this game was over when cam Cameron started throwing the ball on first down on the very first drive of the game

  13. boothisman says: Dec 19, 2011 7:57 AM

    Old, slow, and over.

  14. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 19, 2011 8:05 AM

    The Ravens are the Giants of the AFC I swear (although the Bolts are not inferior to the Ravens in any way).

  15. cowboycjn says: Dec 19, 2011 8:07 AM

    Was really impressed with SD’s game, they looked good and it couldn’t have happen to a better team that they trounced on.

  16. reed20fence says: Dec 19, 2011 8:19 AM

    Ouch! Slipped from having to win 2 at home to go to the big show, to having to win 3 on the road? I mean I know it’s been done before and all, but with Flacco at the helm?

    This was a monumental, collossal, ginormous loss!

  17. flabtreesports says: Dec 19, 2011 8:22 AM

    Tobias, most inquiring minds understand that fines for a facemask here or a head slap there are hardly comparable to life threatening helmet to facemask spears.

  18. agent6burgh says: Dec 19, 2011 8:22 AM

    415 yards on the “vaunted” Baltimore Defense.
    Ray Rice 57 yards.
    Joe Flacco 2 pics and sacked 7.
    Lions, and tigers and bears, Oh My !

  19. greenbayraven says: Dec 19, 2011 8:23 AM

    Raven Fan here;

    Bad, Bad loss. Chargers whipped our asses no doubt. Im a Flacco supporter but when is this guy gonna take this team on his shoulders on a consistant basis? Chargers are a tough matchup for the ravens, always have been. Tough loss but were in the playoffs for the 4th straight year and thats a short list. By the way anyone else notice the praise for Jared Gaither on the broadcast last night with no mention of how he was a lazy quitter on the Ravens and at Maryland. Theres a reason hes not in Baltimore anymore.

  20. grogansheroes says: Dec 19, 2011 8:30 AM

    Finally Suggs said something I can agree with. Is it just me, or does anyone else see the comparisons of Flacco to Sanchez. Ride the coattails of a very good defense and strong running game to become “winning” quarterbacks. But when you need them to step up in a big game, there is a brown spot in thier tidy whities!

  21. fittytuckin says: Dec 19, 2011 8:30 AM

    Flacco was upset they didn’t get a long term deal done, looking back it makes sense. This guy is an average quarterback at best, we’ve seem his ceiling. Ray Lewis needs to retire after this season.

  22. icyhuckh20 says: Dec 19, 2011 8:33 AM

    its not ok that we lost,but like suggs said it the way will lose.but the steelers will lose tonite so everything will be back to normal we will be the 2nd seed

  23. steelerssmack4u says: Dec 19, 2011 8:48 AM

    My Christmas Wish: The Steelers get the Wild Card Seed. The Steelers play the Ravens in the AFC Championship and win on a last second run up the middle. Ray Lewis is toooo slow to make the tackle and Ed Reed makes his usual weak attempt in making a support tackle.
    Joe Flacco kills the Ravens with his INTs!!!

  24. Stiller43 says: Dec 19, 2011 8:51 AM

    Flaccos like grossman part 2.

  25. bradyisbetterthanrodgers says: Dec 19, 2011 8:58 AM

    as a patriots fan im loving this. all we need now is a steelers loss and we will have a clear path to the # 1 seed

  26. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 19, 2011 9:11 AM

    Steelers are one and done.

  27. bleed4philly says: Dec 19, 2011 9:15 AM

    Championship teams don’t have Donovan Flacco taking snaps either.

  28. Steeler's Will says: Dec 19, 2011 9:23 AM

    The Bolts executed very well. They were playing for their playoff lives, at home, and Baltimore knew they were in for a rough time. I’m still surprised at how soundly they were beaten though.

    Also, Suggs is by far my favorite quote machine, and I like him as the Raven’s mouthpiece. Is he a team captain?

  29. 3octaveFart says: Dec 19, 2011 9:27 AM

    Looks like Suggs is finally starting to get it.
    The Ravens aren’t a championship caliber team…

  30. 3octaveFart says: Dec 19, 2011 9:30 AM

    Before yesterday the Ravens were the AFC’s #1 seed, with Pittsburgh hanging on to a #5 wild card slot.

    In 24 hours they switched places…
    You gotta love football.

  31. jamaltimore says: Dec 19, 2011 9:30 AM

    bad loss but still in playoffs and still have hope Pittsburgh loses tonight! Flacco miss end of second quarter to rice on the EASY 3rd down conversion started the avalanche. Flacco sucked but so did defense so there is plenty of blame to go around. suggs was a NON FACTOR all night except for headslap and Old spice looked like an old man who couldn’t catch up. HOWEVER, where is ED REED? He looks lost out there and is always 2 steps behind every big catch. He’s not touched a ball in the past several games and looks like he should retire with his big brother.

  32. 3octaveFart says: Dec 19, 2011 9:32 AM

    correction, Steelers are #2 right now, until they beat SF tonight – and they hold the tie-breaker over NE…

  33. steelerfanjo says: Dec 19, 2011 9:33 AM

    Ray Lewis – i told you. You are slow, fat, over-rated and now you are done. So sad. NOT.

  34. joerevs300 says: Dec 19, 2011 9:36 AM

    Here’s the deal with Baltimore: If they don’t get pressure on the QB, their secondary cannot stop a good passing team, period.

    The reason the Steelers didn’t win the 2nd meeting is because they couldn’t keep them off Ben enough. The Steelers have the weapons to beat the Ravens every time. It’s a matter of protecting Ben.

    No real Ravens fan can say they would beat New Orleans, Green Bay or New England right now. All those teams have explosive passing attacks and (with GB’s game yesterday the exception, no team can lose 3 starting T on their line and be as effective) would shred the Ravens secondary.

    The Ravens better hope and pray SF beats the Steelers tonight, because there’s no way in he** PIT will lose to STL at home or CLE on the road. That means hello #5 seed and 3 road games for the Ravens, again.

    The Ravens might want to remember it’s a 16 game schedule next time and even if you beat your division rival twice, you have to beat the teams you’re supposed to beat (re: SEA, TEN, JAC).

    Raven fans, you can cry all you want but win even 1 of those games and this loss wouldn’t have meant a thing.

    Now, it means your nightmare of having to beat the Steelers on the road in the playoffs again is 1 SF win and/or 1 more Ravens bad loss (look out: CIN in Week 17 on the road will probably be for CIN to get into the playoffs) from becoming a reality.

    If the Steelers win tomorrow night, my suggestion for the Ravens is to just throw the final 2 games so you play Houston and not Denver. Do you really want to go into “God’s House” and have to beat Tebow in the playoffs? you already beat houston at full strength, and now they are minus Schaub and A.Johnson. Seems to me that would be the much easier win.

  35. tonystrong says: Dec 19, 2011 9:46 AM

    I never thought the Ravens were a championship team to begin with. I mean win a division every once in a while if you want us to believe you’re a serious championship team!!!

  36. 6ball says: Dec 19, 2011 10:16 AM

    .

    It’s been the same story since week one : all the top teams in the AFC are flawed and vulnerable. Any team making the playoffs has a reasonable chance.

    Also, let’s not forget injuries. It’s hard to recover with such a short season. Yesterday we had the Lombardi gift wrapped to be put under the Packers tree. Today they’re an excellent team with a decimated O-line. The same type of misfortune could strike any team.

    .

  37. pigskinswag says: Dec 19, 2011 10:28 AM

    The man speaks the truth. Even though that loss to Seattle looks better now because of the tear they’ve been on, that’s still a game the Ravens should have won. This is NOT a championship team right now.

  38. CKL says: Dec 19, 2011 10:29 AM

    grogansheroes says:
    Dec 19, 2011 8:30 AM
    Finally Suggs said something I can agree with. Is it just me, or does anyone else see the comparisons of Flacco to Sanchez. Ride the coattails of a very good defense and strong running game to become “winning” quarterbacks. But when you need them to step up in a big game, there is a brown spot in thier tidy whities!

    __________________________________
    I’m far from a Sanchez or NYJ lover but at least he plays well in the playoffs and can be clutch in games. Flacco? Not as often.

  39. dontstabmeray says: Dec 19, 2011 10:36 AM

    You are right Suggs, and with that sorry excuse for a quarterback you will never be a championship team. Sincerely, LaMarr Woodley

  40. broncosaddict says: Dec 19, 2011 11:05 AM

    Flacco should be happy now, he got his wish. Their on sportscenter and have all sorts of highlights…..
    maybe he should have spent more time practicing and less time worrying why he wasnt on TV…

  41. brentfarve says: Dec 19, 2011 11:14 AM

    wow what a terrible game for the ravens…Ray Lewis looked older and slower than usual. Ray was so slow he couldn’t even get to the pile for his notorious late/pile on hits. Shave your brostache Flacco you look like a cowboy from brokeback mountain.

  42. mistersmith22 says: Dec 19, 2011 11:16 AM

    Awful lot of Steelers fans in here that are forgetting these Ravens beat you twice — once was a complete blowout, and the other was the result of a 90-something yard two-minute drive by Joe Flacco in your own house.

    And don’t forget your Steelers only got past the Colts and the Browns — the Colts and the Browns! — because of their mistakes, not anything you did. BAL was a big turd last night too, but it’s not like PIT is playing quality football. Right now the only team in the AFC that can run its mouth is NE.

  43. steelcitymasterrace says: Dec 19, 2011 11:23 AM

    The Ravens are not anywhere close to a championship team. This is the first intelligent thing Suggs has ever said!

    -SCMR

  44. steeelfann says: Dec 19, 2011 11:25 AM

    Same old Ravens, trying to talk their way to a championship.

    Ray Lewis is clearly done. If you noticed, their defense was more effective when he was injured and unable to play.

    Flacco is,………well,…….Flacco. Too busy worrying about how much media coverage Tebow is receiving and how little Flacco is getting. Maybe his play last night will cast media coverage on him, but not for the reasons he thinks. No leadership at all from this pleb.

    San Diego dominated them in ever phase.

    The Ravens are done.

    Cincinnati will beat them as well. They are done.

  45. savagenation2011 says: Dec 19, 2011 11:29 AM

    Suggs looks like Alien, and Steven Jackson looks like the Predator. I wish the Rams would play the Ravens

  46. mvpolamalu says: Dec 19, 2011 11:35 AM

    Thats cause the ravens arent a championship team! As long as flacco isnt their qb

  47. citizenstrange says: Dec 19, 2011 11:54 AM

    Where did Suggs go to college? The University of Get Your Jock Knocked Into the Dirt?

  48. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 19, 2011 12:23 PM

    And still no sign of ppdoc this week — hmm wonder why?

    Good job by Coach Harbaugh whining at halftime about the calls — can you say “embarrassing”? Never again can the Ravens fan rag on other fans for complaining about the calls. Face it, your COACH cries!

  49. johntonioholmes says: Dec 19, 2011 12:33 PM

    mistersmith22

    The Browns game was not as close as that score would indicate. They were in the red zone 5 times. The Browns were in the red zone twice.

    Secondly, at least they got past both teams. The Ravens just got past Cincy (bad call, as usual), they just got past Pitt (3 bad calls, as usual), they just got past the Cards. And they didn’t get past the Seahawks or the Jags.

    By no means are the Ravens done. People keep forgetting that Pitt is going to play the 9ers with a badly injured qb and several other injured key players. Balt will still likely take the second seed and they can beat any team in the AFC.

    The Chargers simply proved what I’ve been saying all along–the Ravens haven’t played a good offense all year, and Flacco is captain checkdown.

  50. originalsteelcurtain says: Dec 19, 2011 12:35 PM

    After getting over that mug that only a mother could love, I’ve learned to like T Sizz.
    He can come play for the Steelers anytime.

    The Ravens O is flawed. They can only win vs a good team when there D plays lights out.

    There are only 2 elite QB’s in the AFC this year (sorry Tebow)…and one of them is playing on one leg tonight.

  51. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 19, 2011 12:48 PM

    Suggs made sure to make himself available to ESPN after Flacco won games, to brag up his “Super Bowl” QB. Funny he’s nowhere to be found now. Wonder why?

  52. mistersmith22 says: Dec 19, 2011 1:18 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite: because you get a day off after a win. After a loss you get to go back to work.

  53. greenbayraven says: Dec 19, 2011 3:43 PM

    As a Ravens fan we have to take all the crap for this loss and we should, our team stunk it up. However, saying that the Ravens are done and have no chance is to disregard the week to week nature of the NFL. The season is a long one and every team making the playoffs has flaws. just asking for a little bit of perspective from rational fans!

  54. benandjerrysberryhorny says: Dec 19, 2011 3:53 PM

    steelersownyou stayed up all night and refreshed the page every 30 seconds until this story was posted so he could post that super clever comment. How long did it take you to come up with “hizzle bizzle” thing? My guess is it took you at least an hour to compose that comment. This guy represents steelers fans on this site. LOL.

  55. leftysmoke says: Dec 19, 2011 7:26 PM

    Ravens already clinched a playoff spot, Smith. Do a little research before you write.

    The question is: Will they be the first seed, or the fifth?

  56. edisbetterthantroy says: Dec 19, 2011 7:45 PM

    It wasn’t pretty, but class is still in session at Ball So Hard University. I believe Sizzle, you beast! Steelers fans can take their shots, but they would be silly to say that they don’t fear that guy coming off the edge.

    Ed may be better than Troy, but I still don’t like seeing a strong safety blitz…

  57. greenbayraven says: Dec 19, 2011 9:37 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Dec 19, 2011 12:23 PM
    And still no sign of ppdoc this week — hmm wonder why?

    Good job by Coach Harbaugh whining at halftime about the calls — can you say “embarrassing”? Never again can the Ravens fan rag on other fans for complaining about the calls. Face it, your COACH cries!

    Youre a moron………………every coach in the NFL is lobbying the refs constantly. Get a freaking clue!

  58. braczey29 says: Dec 20, 2011 1:46 AM

    Well you knew Ray Lewis’s drama and play would stale eventually

    It’s critical position he plays and he’s very suspect compared to the other guys on that D’s level of play

    He’s now the weak link and the one good play a game is not enough, though it seems like the greatest play ever every time unless the tv is muted

  59. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 20, 2011 2:27 AM

    edisbetterthantroy says:
    Dec 19, 2011 7:45 PM
    It wasn’t pretty, but class is still in session at Ball So Hard University. I believe Sizzle, you beast! Steelers fans can take their shots, but they would be silly to say that they don’t fear that guy coming off the edge.
    ———————————————————–

    Better go back and watch the film of Max Starks making Suggs his personal prison slave. More like Suggs fears ever having to face Starks again.

    Starks OWNS Suggs.

    But Suggs IS great at putting a cast on his arm during press conferences and claiming he’s injured, then taking it off immediately after. Like we saw a couple years ago.

  60. somesome says: Dec 20, 2011 10:35 AM

    steelersownyou says:
    Dec 19, 2011 7:13 AM
    I loved every second of it… I loved seeing the sidelines during the game. All of baltimore defense yelling at each other…It was priceless! Get ready for 5th seef suckas…T sizzle got sizzled and im out this pizzle bizzles! See how dumb you sound ravens fans!? GO STEELERS!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    HAHA ….

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