that came out and tested the Ravens defensively, especially in the passing game.
“I knew they were an explosive offense. We gave up a lot of plays, but they’re professionals too,” Reed said. “But at the end of the day, the W is what counts.”
After Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco found tight end Todd Heap to make it 24-20 Buffalo going into the half, the Bills came out to start the next half of play with momentum clearly leaning back to the home team.
On Buffalo’s first play of the second half, Fitzpatrick fired a pass down the middle intended for receiver Roscoe Parrish. With linebacker Ray Lewis in coverage, he tipped the ball with his hand sending it airborne.
The Ravens longtime center fielder in Reed was there to pick off the pass and took the ball to the Buffalo 34-yard line.
“We kind of knew they wanted to work on Ray,” Reed said of Buffalo’s approach. ” I knew personally they wanted to work on Ray, and the coaches knew it also when we came off. It was just a call we make, and Ray played it very aggressively, and the ball bounced up, and I caught the tip.”
On the next play, Flacco found receiver Anquan Boldin for his third passing touchdown of the day and put the Ravens on top for the first time since 8:26 in the first quarter when Baltimore was ahead 3-0.
With Reed’s interception, the Ravens had scored 17 points in the two minutes coming in and out of the half.
And later on in the deadly third quarter for the Bills, with Buffalo being forced to throw being down 34-24, Reed picked off Fitzpatrick again — this time in a more conventional way —