CINCINNATI -- Terrell Suggs' critical fourth-quarter forced fumble might have added the finishing touches to his campaign to become the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year.
At least his coach and teammates think so.
After coach John Harbaugh praised the outside linebacker in the locker room, the players began chanting "M-V-P," which could be heard by reporters in the press conference room. Harbaugh then offered his opinion on the matter.
“For the best defensive player in the National Football League -- I would say -- to come up with a play like that, it kind of seals the case for him,” Harbaugh said. “That’s what you expect from him and that’s what he’s been doing all year. ”
The Bengals had closed to 17-13 in the fourth quarter and were driving in Ravens' territory before Suggs punched the ball out of Jermaine Gresham's grasp. Ray Rice quickly converted that turnover into a 51-yard touchdown run.
Suggs finished the regular season tops in the NFL with seven forced fumbles and fifth with 14 sacks. He is the only player this season to have recorded at least five sacks, five passes defensed and five forced fumbles.
“I would really like to be a Super Bowl champion,” Suggs said. “That’s what my heart is set on.”