Steelers 43, Baltimore Ravens 23November 2, 2014
Heinz Field* *For a second consecutive week the Steelers had another huge win, thanks to Ben being Ben.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who a week earlier threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns in a win over the Indianapolis Colts, was once again unstoppable.
Roethlisberger completed 25 passes for 340 yards and once again fired for six touchdown passes, setting an NFL record for most touchdown passes in a two-game span with 12.
"He is doing the things that we need him to do, but I don't think any of us are surprised by anything that he does," said Coach Mike Tomlin. "We have been looking at it for some time. We appreciate it nonetheless but we aren't surprised by it."
Roethlisberger, who would be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week for his performance, spread the ball around to nine different receivers.
"Ben, he's one of the best in the game," said tackle Marcus Gilbert. "You expect that from him. He's been doing it for a while. You just expect that from him. When the running game wasn't going well, he picked us up and he made some plays. And we executed them well, especially in the passing game."
The Steelers did manage just 55 yards on the ground, but in the end, that aspect of the game wasn't needed to win. Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes to Le'Veon Bell, Markus Wheaton, Antonio Brown, Matt Spaeth and two to Martavis Bryant.
"He had a heck of a day and that is a reflection on us all," said Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs of Roethlisberger. "You have to go out there and stop them regardless of the situation. We didn't respond well when bad things started to happen. We just have to be better."
In 2014 the Steelers defeated the Ravens in a regular season game 43-23.
The Steelers were inspired from the get-go after Hall of Famer Joe Greene, whose No. 75 jersey was retired that night, spoke to the team in the locker room before the game. And while they got off to a little bit of a slow start, with the Ravens taking a 7-0 lead on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith, it was a lead that would soon evaporate as the Steelers went into halftime leading 22-10.
The lead was extended to 29-10 at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Ravens fought back when Jacoby Jones returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown to close the gap to 29-17. The battle continued, but Roethlisberger wasn't going to be denied as he led the team to the 43-23 win.
"It was a big time atmosphere at Heinz Field," said Tomlin. "We got a lot of energy from our fans. It was an opportunity to salute the great Joe Greene. It was just a great environment to work in. I think the guys just rode that emotional wave and did what was necessary for us to secure a victory. It was a big game for us, but really we just did what we had to do."
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