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What went right, wrong vs. Baltimore

Posted Nov 29, 2013

WHAT WENT RIGHT
* On the Ravens’ first offensive play, Joe Flacco used play-action and a brief roll to his right to escape the Steelers pass rush and go deep to WR Jacoby Jones who had gotten behind CB William Gay. Flacco’s pass was underthrown and fell incomplete.

* It was a third-and-6 on the Steelers’ second offensive possession when Ben Roethlisberger threw a short pass to Antonio Brown, who caught it about 2 yards short of the down marker. But Brown broke a tackle by CB Lardarius Webb and got the necessary yardage to extend the Steelers’ possession.

* Ben Roethlisberger was responsible for creating two first downs on a possession in the middle of the second quarter. His 11-yard scramble earned the first set of new downs, and then he converted the ensuing third-and-9 with a 15-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders after getting away from OLB Elvis Dumervil twice on the same play.


* Before the first half ended, Jason Worilds had sacked Joe Flacco twice. On the second sack, Worilds also stripped the ball loose, but Ravens G Marshal Yanda recovered to maintain possession for Baltimore. It was the second game this season in which Worilds recorded multiple sacks.

* On the Steelers’ opening possession of the second half, Le’Veon Bell broke the longest run of his career – a 43-yard gain doiwn to the Baltimore 8-yard line. On the play, a double-team block by Fernando Velasco and Ramon Foster on Haloti Ngata is what got Bell into the secondary.

* On third-and-goal from the 8-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger bought time by stepping up into the pocket and finding Emnmanuel Sanders wide open in the middle of the end zone for the touchdown that cut Baltimore’s lead to 13-7 midway through the third quarter.
* On the kickoff following his field goal that gave the Ravens a 19-7 lead, Justin Tucker sent it out of bounds to give the Steelers possession at their 40-yard line.

* Facing a third-and-10 from the Ravens’ 27-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger threw a perfect pass that allowed Antonio Brown to come back to the ball for a 19-yard gain to set up a first-and-goal at the 8-yard line with 10:01 left in a 19-7 game.

* Heath Miller caught a 7-yard pass to move the ball to the Baltimore 1-yard line, and then he helped seal the edge along with RT Marcus Gilbert to allow Le’Veon Bell to go into the end zone untouched for the touchdown that made it 19-14 with 9:32 left in the fourth quarter.

* It was another great throw from Ben Roethlisberger and a nice catch from Heath Miller to get the ball inside the Baltimore 1-yard line with 1:52 left. ILB Josh Bynes was underneath Miller, but the throw came in before he could turn around, and Miller made the catch before taking a hit from James Ihedigbo.

WHAT WENT WRONG
* Three plays after his opening play attempt to attack down the field was unsuccessful, Joe Flacco again used play-action to get a receiver deep. This time it was Torrey Smith, whose 54-yard catch put the ball at the Pittsburgh 1-yard line. Smith was being covered by Ike Taylor, with help from the safety level. But when Smith started to break his route off, Will Allen came up just as Smith broke and ran deep.

* A sack by Jason Worilds brought up a third-and-goal for the Ravens from the 7-yard line, and Flacco again was looking for Smith. Running a slant after lining up in the slot, Smith got inside Taylor who didn’t get any help from the linebacker level and the touchdown gave the Ravens a 7-0 lead with 9:11 remaining in the first quarter.

* It was a third-and-7 for the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger used a hard coiunt to draw OLB Elvis Dumervil offside. With a free play, Roethlisberger saw Emmanuel Sanders run past CB Jimmy Smith and he laid the ball out there perfectly. But Sanders dropped the ball.

* Midway through the second period after gaining a first-and-10 at the Ravens’ 36-yard line, David DeCastro was flagged for a false start to create a first-and-15. Then on fourth-and-6 from the 32-yard line, Shaun Suisham came out to attempt a 50-yard field goal. But something went awry with the the timing of snap and the hold, and Suisham never attempted the kick. The Ravens ended up with the ball at their 44-yard line.

* On the third down following the Steelers’ botched field goal attempt, the Ravens faced a third-and-7 from their own 47-yard line. Joe Flacco again attacked deep, he again went after Ike Taylor, who was flagged for interfering with Torrey Smith. The 26-yard penalty moved the ball to the Steelers’ 27-yard line, and the Ravens ended up with a 43-yard field goal to extend their lead to 10-0 with 3:01 left in the first half.

* The Ravens received the second half kickoff, and they extended their lead to 13-0 with another Justin Tucker field goal. Depending upon the passing of Joe Flacco almost exclusively, the Ravens ran 13 plays to move the 52 yards needed to get into easy field goal range, and they consumed 5:39 of the game clock in doing so.

* The kickoff following Emmanuel Sanders’ touchdown catch was returned 73 yards by Jacoby Jones, with Cortez Allen saving a touchdown with a tackle at the Steelers’ 27-yard line. The Ravens moved to the Steelers’ 5-yard line from where they were going to attempt a field goal, when Ray Rice was assessed a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Justin Tucker made the field goal anyway, and the Ravens had answered the Pittsburgh touchdown with a field goal.

* On a third-and-4 from the Baltimore 40-yard line, Joe Flacco caught the Steelers in a blitz and dumped the ball into the flat to Ray Rice, who turned it into a 22-yard gain to the Pittsburgh 38-yard line. The possession ended with a 48-yard field goal by Justin Tucker that gave the Ravens a 22-14 lead with 5:37 left.

* The Steelers had two touchdowns overturned on replay in the final 90 seconds. The first was a ruling on Heath Miller’s catch, and the ball was placed at the 1-yard line. On the next play, Le’Veon Bell had his helmet torn off by a hit from Ravens OLB Courtney Upshaw as he was falling across the goal line. Both plays were ruled as touchdowns on the field, and both were overturned on replay.

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