Posted January 17, 2013 on AP on Fox

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 14: Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Rob Ninkovich of the New England Patriots during the game on November 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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...
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