Who was the Ravens leading tackler on Thursday night? Lardarius Webb, with six.
Regardless of how often -- or how little -- his side of the field or the receiver hes matched up with is targeted, the cornerback makes himself an active part of the defense.
However, it wasnt as if the Browns were staying away from throwing at Webb. On a night when the other corner, Cary Williams, jumped a route and came away with a 63-yard interception return for what turned out to be the decisive touchdown, Webb came close to giving up two TD passes.
On one, about halfway through the third quarter, Webb made a fine play on the ball, knocking it out of the hands of the Browns Jordan Norwood in the end zone.
On another, though, Webb got lucky. With the Browns on the Ravens 34, about 4 12 minutes left in the game and Baltimore in an all-out blitz, Webb had Greg Little one-on-one. Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden, given just enough time, lofted a pass down the middle that glanced off Littles hands at the goal line. It would have been a great catch by Little, but its also the kind of leaping reception that NFL receivers frequently make. A touchdown would have put the Browns within three points.
On the second play of the Browns final drive, Webb knocked another ball out of Norwoods hands. So even in crucial moments, Cleveland wasnt reluctant to go at Webb.
And the margin of what could have been a poor game for Webb instead of another strong performance wasnt that large. Afterward, he said he was glad to see a game won by the defense.
Once we got through it, it was like Oh, finally, Webb said (via transcript at baltimoreravens.com). But its nice to have the game on our defenses back. We really stepped up when we had to. We did a great job getting them off the field. We had a crazy call at the end. But, still that adversity we faced it, and we won the game.