Suggs missed the first eight games of the season recovering from a mysterious Achilles tendon tear suffered in May. It was speculated that the injury would cost him a year. He returned in five months, but he wasn't the same explosive player who won Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.
Suggs was missing a step, maybe two. He lacked his normal agility and quickness, and he wasn't in optimal football shape. But when the postseason began, Suggs began to put it together. After a regular season that included just 22 tackles and two sacks, Suggs has recorded 19 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in Baltimore's three postseason wins.
"It's crazy," Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee said. "You could look at (Suggs) when he first came back and be like, 'Oh yeah, he's not the same Suggs.' But then, as the season kept going, he kept getting better at things and better at his technique. And then the playoffs hit and he just got explosive."