Kruger laments penalty to set up winning FG

Kruger laments penalty to set up winning FG
December 3, 2012, 6:00 pm
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Paul Kruger now has sacks in four consecutive games, but he couldn’t think about it -- nor did he really care -- after Sunday’s meltdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The fourth-year linebacker for the Ravens has team-high 6.5 sacks, setting a career high, when he took down Charlie Batch for a 3-yard loss early in the second quarter to force a punt.

Kruger, however, dwelled on another play he made on the Steelers' last drive that gave them extra yardage so Shaun Suisham could get in position to kick a 42-yard field goal to win the game 23-20.

After Batch completed a 10-yard pass to Mike Wallace, Kruger was flagged for roughing the passer.

“I had a clear shot at him. I just got my hands too high and shouldn’t have made it that close,” Kruger said of the call that came immediately after the two-minute warning. “It was a big mistake on my part for even making it a possible call and I just can’t believe I put my teammates in that situation.”

So instead of 1st and 10 at Baltimore’s 34, which would’ve meant a 51-yard attempt for Suisham had the Steelers ot gained another yard, the ball was moved to the 19.

Suisham only had attempted one kick from 50 yards or more this year.

Kruger didn’t believe the contact he made with Batch warranted a flag, though he acknowledged he’d have to view the footage again to be certain.

“I’m just disappointed in myself,” he said.