Ryan (two picks) rises to occasion again

Ryan (two picks) rises to occasion again
December 22, 2013, 11:15 pm
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PATRIOTS 41, RAVENS 7

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BALTIMORE -- Rookie Logan Ryan had two more interceptions Sunday, raising his season total to five.
 
Both picks were impactful. The first came on the Ravens’ second drive off a ball tipped by Dont'a Hightower. The Patriots turned that turnover into a touchdown.
 
The second came on the Ravens second possession after halftime and the Patriots turned that pick into points too, a 42-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal.
 
But Ryan’s pass breakup on a fourth-and-3 play just after halftime may have been the biggest momentum swing of the game.
 
With Baltimore trailing 17-0, they’d moved to the Patriots 39. Ryan, in the left flat, came off his man and leaped to redirect a pass intended for Jacoby Jones.
 
We’ve seen monumental momentum swings after halftime this season. Ryan helped prevent one with that play.
 
“It was a great call,” Ryan said of the pass breakup. “It was a zone defense, we had a lot of guys dropping with our eyes on (Joe) Flacco. He tried to fit one in and it was my job to not let him catch it so I was just doing my job.”
 
Ryan’s ability to read and react in his rookie season has been impressive. He chalks it up to preparation.
 
“I have more confidence than last week and hopefully I have more confidence next week,” he said. “The reason I have confidence is I come in every day, good game, bad game, I’ll be back to work tomorrow trying to outwork everyone at my position and everyone in the rookie class. I’m just excited to be a part of this team.”
 
Playing corner in the NFL is a bottom-line business. You either make the play or get beat. Allowances are not made because a player is new. He is expected to do what the position requires. That simplicity, Ryan says, fits him.
 
“It’s something I love about this organization,” he said. “Winning is everything. If you don’t play the game to win, I don’t know why you’re playing it. We’re all great competitors, this is the highest level, this is what you do it for, to play in meaningful games at the end of the year. It’s win or go home time and I’m just excited to be playing with these guys.”