STEELERS 23, RAVENS 20
Steelers’ record: 7-5
One year ago: 9-3
Series record (including playoffs): Steelers lead, 22-15
This was to be the third game the Steelers would play without
The Steelers were locked in a tie game inside the two-minute warning. Charlie Batch completed a 10-yard pass to
STAT THAT STANDS OUT
Sunday’s attendance at M&T Bank Stadium was 71,442, the second-highest in the history of the building. The all-time highest attendance is 71,502, which was set on Dec. 14, 2008 when the opponent also was the Steelers.
STAT THAT STANDS OUT II
In the first half, Antonio Brown (five) and Mike Wallace (four) were targeted nine times and they had a combined two catches for 14 yards.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
The Steelers won the coin toss and elected to defer, which put some early pressure on the defense at a venue where the Ravens offense has had a lot of success. Thanks to passes defensed from
After taking the Ravens’ punt to start their opening possession at the 22-yard line, the Steelers marched to a 46-yard field goal by
To that point – with about 10 minutes left in the second quarter – the Ravens had scored touchdowns on 12-of-13 goal-to-go situations – but after moving to a second-and-goal at the Steelers 4-yard line, Joe Flacco had one pass to Anquan Boldin broken up by
The Steelers were able to flip the field position midway through the second quarter when
To describe it simply, Joe Flacco pulled a Mike Tomczak. After spinning out of the grasp of
Charlie Batch played a big role in the Steelers 78-yard touchdown drive that opened the second half. After pitching a strike to
Three plays after Ed Reed’s interception in the end zone and 34-yard return,
Heath Miller’s nifty footwork along the sideline as he was extending the football to the pylon accounted for the tying touchdown, 20-20, midway through the fourth quarter. The touchdown was the seventh of the season for Miller, which tied his single-season high, and it also allowed him to pass Elbie Nickel for the franchise lead among tight ends.
On a third-and-7 from the Pittsburgh 18-yard line inside four minutes left in the game. Charlie Batch stood in the pocket and took a big hit from Haloti Ngata but he still converted with a 15-yard pass to Mike Wallace.
WHAT WENT WRONG
As if the injury situation wasn’t bad enough, the Steelers had Ike Taylor leave the game with an injury to his right ankle that was sustained on the play in which he broke up a long pass for Torrey Smith on the first series of the game.
On a third-and-4 late in the first quarter,
It will go down as a sack for Paul Kruger, but what really happened on the third-and-4 from the Pittsburgh 26-yard line was Charlie Batch had nobody to throw the ball to and held onto it long enough for Kruger to loop all the way around to make the play.
Two plays after the interception by Ryan Clark, the Steelers gave it right back on an interception, albeit in a rather non-traditional way. The play was a reverse pass, with Antonio Brown trying to get the ball down the opposite sideline to Jonathan Dwyer. But CB Corey Graham was not fooled by the reverse action and stayed on his side of the field, and he made the interception at the Ravens 31-yard line.
Four plays after Graham’s interception, the Ravens got the ball in the end zone on a 28-yard pass to Anquan Boldin. But none of that happens without an iffy holding call on
On a third-and-3 from the Ravens 23-yard line with 43 seconds left in the first half, Mike Wallace was left all alone in the end zone by CB Chykie Brown but Charlie Batch sailed the ball over his head, and the Steelers settled for a 41-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham and a 13-6 halftime deficit.
It was a third-and-11 from the Pittsburgh 28-yard line when Charlie Batch threw a perfect strike to a slanting Emmanuel Sanders, who was running free down the middle of the field when he inexplicably lost the football after gaining 21 yards. Ed Reed recovered the ball, and six plays later, Ray Rice bounced outside for a 34-yard touchdown that gave the Ravens a 20-13 lead with 4:50 left in the third quarter.