Baltimore Ravens star defensive lineman Haloti Ngata suffered a left knee injury in the third quarter of the Ravens 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers, and he was unable to return to the game after being listed “doubtful” to return. The good news is that he didn’t need crutches, and Mike Garafolo of The USA Today tweeted that Ngata said he is feeling better after the injury.
Ngata reportedly suffered a sprain, but we just don’t know much about the injury since it is early. He was able to make a significant impact in the game with two tackles before exiting, and the news that Ngata is doing better is certainly great news for Ravens fans even though the injury wouldn’t mean much of anything now that the season is over.
Based on what I saw in that game, Ngata didn’t have the best of games in run defense but that is probably more of a credit to the job Frank Gore did on the ground and what the 49ers offensive line did (minus Jonathan Goodwin who struggled on the inside). Ngata was able to make his presence known as a pass rusher on at least one occasion, as he was able to get a hit on Colin Kaepernick.
For the season, Haloti Ngata finished with nearly 15 QB hits and made a solid impact as a pass rusher. However, the 29-year-old out of Oregon, as always, was at his best in run defense and is still one of the best DTs in the game. Let’s wish him the best in his recovery, and he certainly enjoyed a great playoff run in helping the Ravens reach the Super Bowl. He shut down the run all postseason long and played an amazing game against the New England Patriots. He got a some nice pressure on Tom Brady on several occasions, and that made all the difference on a few throws from the Patriots star QB.
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