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What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong at Baltimore

Posted Oct 1, 2017

The highs and lows of the Steelers regular Week 4 matchup at the Baltimore Ravens.

The highs and lows of the Steelers regular season Week 4 game at the Baltimore Ravens.

1:00 p.m. ET - Kickoff

1:12 p.m. ET - What went right: The game certainly got off to an ominous start when Alex Collins ripped off a 23-yard run on the game’s first play over the right side of the Steelers defense. After the Ravens managed a couple of first downs, a 6-yard loss on a tackle by Bud Dupree put the Ravens behind the chains and forced a third-and-long. On that pass attempt, Mike Hilton had a bead on an interception, but the ball was tipped at the last second by a Ravens receiver. Sam Koch’s punt traveled 36 yards and was downed at the Steelers’ 3-yard line.

1:25 p.m. ET - What went right: It was such a nice drive, until a couple of penalties – one of which was an iffy holding call on David DeCastro – had the Steelers settle for a 30-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead with 23 seconds left in the first period. Starting at their own 3-yard line, Le’Veon Bell led the way with 36 yards on seven carries and two catches for 20 more yards. James Conner converted a second-and-18 with a 23-yard run. But the first penalty was a false start on Chris Hubbard, and then came the holding call on DeCastro, when it looked as if he simply pancaked the defensive lineman he was blocking. The drive covered 84 yards on 16 plays and consumed 10:23 of game time.

1:27 p.m. ET - End of 1st Quarter: Steelers 3, Ravens 0

1:33 p.m. ET - What went right: The second Ravens possession was a three-and-out, with Sean Davis breaking up a third-down pass intended for Jeremy Maclin. After Antonio Brown made a clear fair catch of the punt, the Steelers offense began its second possession at their own 30-yard line.

1:44 p.m. ET - What went wrong: A missed opportunity for the Steelers offense on a third-and-4 from the Pittsburgh 36-yard line. Running a crossing route, Antonio Brown broke into the clear and was running free down the middle of the field. Ben Roethlisberger didn’t see him, and his pass to Le’Veon Bell was incomplete.

1:49 p.m. ET - What went right: It was another three-and-out by the Steelers defense, and the Ravens ended up punting from their own 4-yard line. A 43-yard punt by Jordan Berry plus a holding penalty had the Ravens start at their own 10-yard line, and then on third-and-4, Cam Heyward sacked Joe Flacco for a loss of 8. After Antonio Brown returned the punt 9 yards, the Steelers started at the Ravens 46-yard line with 10:24 left in the first half.

1:58 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers extended their lead to 6-0 on a 49-yard field goal by Chris Boswell, but there was an underlying feeling of an opportunity squandered. After a 19-yard completion to JuJu Smith-Schuster gave the Steelers a first down at the Ravens 12-yard line, Le’Veon Bell lost 4 yards on a running play and after the whistle Al Villanueva was penalized 15 yards for head-butting linebacker Kamalei Correa. That sequence made it second-and-29 from the Ravens 31-yard line, and the chance for a touchdown was lessened.

2:00 p.m. ET - What went right: The defense continued its solid play on the Ravens series following Boswell’s 49-yard field goal. On a first down, Ryan Shazier burst into the backfield to blow up a run by Alex Collins, and Cam Heyward came across and forced a fumble that he recovered to give the Steelers the ball at the Ravens 28-yard line.

2:07 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers cashed in the takeaway with a touchdown that came on a 1-yard run by Le’Veon Bell. On the 28-yard drive, Bell carried three times for 8 yards and the score, and James Conner carried once for 7 yards. The Steelers lead was 13-0 with 3:24 left in the first half.

2:16 p.m. ET - What went right: Another three-and-out for the Steelers defense on the possession following Le’Veon Bell’s touchdown. On third-and-2, Stephon Tuitt burst into the backfield to drop Terrance West for a 3-yard loss to force the punt.

2:28 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers extended their lead to 19-0 on an 11-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith Schuster with less than a minute left in the first half. On the drive, Ben Roethlisberger completed 5-of-6 for 77 yards and the touchdown. Martavis Bryant caught three of those for 48 yards. The attempt at a 2-point conversion failed, and the Steelers held a 19-0 lead at halftime.

2:32 p.m. ET - Halftime: Steelers 19, Ravens 0

2:59 p.m. ET - What went wrong: In a classic keep-the-game-close call, a pass to Antonio Brown on the first series of the second half originally was ruled a catch with the receiver down by contact, but after a challenge by John Harbaugh it was reversed and became an interception by Eric Weddle. The Ravens got the ball at the Steelers 18-yard line. The Pittsburgh defense held the Ravens to minus-6 yards on three plays (a sack by Mike Hilton) before Justin Tucker’s 42-yard field goal cut the Steelers lead to 19-3.

3:09 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Steelers offense moved into position for Chris Boswell to attempt a 44-yard field goal midway through the third period, but his kick sailed wide left. To get into position for the attempt, Le’Veon Bell rushed for 35 yards on six attempts, and Ben Roethlisberger converted a third-and-10 with a 17-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster.

3:17 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Ravens answered the missed field goal with a three-play, 66-yard touchdown drive that began with a 50-yard run by Alex Collins and ended with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Mike Wallace. The Ravens 2-point conversion was overturned on replay, and the Steelers led, 19-9, with 6:02 left in the third quarter.

3:29 p.m. ET - End of 3rd Quarter: Steelers 19, Ravens 9

3:45 p.m. ET - What went right: One play after almost intercepting a pass intended for Ben Watson, Ryan Shazier intercepted a pass intended for Ben Watson to give the Steelers the ball near midfield with 11:13 remaining in the game.

4:00 p.m. ET - What went right: On a fourth-and-12 from the Steelers 47-yard line with about five minutes left in the game, Joe Flacco’s pass was tipped by Ryan Shazier and intercepted by Mike Hilton. It was the Steelers’ third takeaway of the game.

4:18 p.m. ET - Final Score: Steelers 26, Ravens 9

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