Rob Ninkovich has a knack for forcing fumbles. He's also pretty good at recovering them.
He even does both on the same play.
''That's hustle,'' Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty said. ''Rob's a guy whose engine's always going.''
It was really revving last Sunday when the defensive end dropped into the middle of the field late in the third quarter and intercepted a pass by Houston's Matt Schaub in New England's 41-28 divisional playoff win over the Texans.
And when the Texans tried an onside kick with 5:11 left in the fourth, Ninkovich pounced on it.
''I wanted to get the ball,'' he said, ''that's for sure.''
He always does - and is prepared to grab some more fumbles Sunday when the Patriots (13-4) face the Baltimore Ravens (12-6) in the AFC championship game.
''As a defensive player, you're always thinking the ball is a key,'' Ninkovich said. ''You're looking at the ball on the snap. You're trying to find the ball in pursuit. And when people are around the ball making pl...