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Season ends with loss to Ravens

BALTIMORE _The Steelers season ended in a disappointing fashion, losing to the Baltimore Ravens, 28-10, in a downpour as their playoff hopes were washed away.

The Steelers never were able to get going offensively, while the Ravens rushed for 223 yards.

The weather got even uglier late, and so did the play. Devlin Hodges was called for intentional grounding in the end zone, resulting in a safety and 28-10 Ravens lead.

Game action photos from the Steelers' Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium

Jordan Berry couldn't handle a snap late in the fourth quarter, picked it up, tried to move with it but the had the ball knocked free and the Ravens recovered for a touchdown, giving them a 26-10 lead that shut the door on any hope of a comeback.

Kicker Justin Tucker's fourth field goal of the game, this one from 47 yards out, re-established a two-score lead for the Ravens at 19-10 with 13:29 left in the fourth quarter. Baltimore went 34 yards in eight plays in 4:13 on the scoring drive.

A 26-yard field goal by kicker Chris Boswell brought the Steelers to within 16-10 with 9:55 left in the third quarter.

The Steelers had taken over at the Baltimore 34-yard line on a forced fumble by outside linebacker T.J. Watt and a recovery by cornerback Joe Haden with 13:16 left in the third. They got as far as the Ravens' 8 but ended up with a field goal after two carries by running back Benny Snell Jr. netted a combined 0 yards and a fade into the end zone for wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster fell incomplete.

The Ravens re-gained the lead on a 42-yard field goal by Tucker for a 9-7 advantage with 1:10 left in the second quarter. Tucker's third field goal in three tries brought to a close a nine-play, 56-yard drive in 4:06.

Baltimore added seven more points prior to halftime after forcing the game's first turnover.

Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon sacked quarterback Devlin "Duck" Hodges and forced a fumble on second-and-10 from the Steelers' 45 with 54 seconds left in the second. Defensive tackle Michael Pierce recovered at the Steelers' 23 with 45 seconds left before the break.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III converted a third-and-5 from the Steelers' 18 with a 10-yard pass in the flat to running back Justice Hill and Hill followed up the reception by breaking three tackles on an 8-yard touchdown run. Tucker's extra point gave the Ravens a 16-7 lead 21 seconds prior to halftime.

The Steelers took their first lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by Snell that capped a 10-play, 75-yard march in 4:50. Hodges kept the drive alive with a 21-yard completion to wide receiver Diontae Johnson on third-and-7 from the Steelers' 47. Snell broke through for 19 yards on third-and-1 from the Ravens' 23 prior to the touchdown. Kicker Chris Boswell's extra point gave the Steelers a 7-6 lead with 12:56 left in the second.

Baltimore turned its first two possessions into Tucker field goals for an early, 6-0 lead.

The Ravens moved 40 yards in 11 plays on the game-opening possession and struck first on a 45-yard field goal by Tucker.

Baltimore achieved a first-and-goal at the Steelers' 4 the next time it got the ball but had to settle for a 22-yard Tucker field goal and a 6-0 advantage with 2:40 left in the first quarter.

The Ravens rushed for 128 yards an averaged 5.8 yards per attempt on 22 carries in the first two quarters.

Baltimore had a 19:02-10:58 advantage in time of possession in the first half and gained 183 total net yards to the Steelers' 99.

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