What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong at Baltimore

The highs and lows of the Steelers Week 9 game at the Baltimore Ravens

What went right

  • The Ravens had converted a third down with a pass completion to Kamar Aiken, but an illegal formation penalty moved the ball back 5 yards to the Steelers 22-yard line and forced a do-over as a third-and-10. Under pressure from Stephon Tuitt and Mike Mitchell, Flacco's pass for Dennis Pitta was intercepted by Artie Burns and returned to the Steelers 24-yard line.
  • Robert Golden made a very nice play on what was a 51-yard punt by Jordan Berry with 1:50 left in the first quarter of a scoreless game. Thomas, a gunner on the play, caught up to the ball before it crossed the goal line and tossed it back where it was down at the Baltimore 4-yard line.
  • The Steelers defense did a nice job on Baltimore's first possession of the second quarter. On first down from the Ravens 16-yard line, Ryan Shazier blasted Terrance West after a handoff and forced a fumble that Kamar Aiken recovered and was then tackled by Artie Burns at the 3-yard line. Two plays later, the Ravens punted and the Steelers took over at their own 41-yard line.
  • Back-to-back penalties on the Steelers punt return team extended a Ravens' possession midway through the second quarter. Ryan Shazier was flagged for a neutral zone infraction and then on the re-kick, Shamarko Thomas was flagged for roughing the punter. Even with a fresh set of downs, the Ravens ended up punting again three plays later, but the Steelers offense had to start from its own 8-yard line.
  • Chris Boswell's second-half kickoff bounced over Devin Hester's head and into the end zone for a touchback, but there had to be a re-kick because Sammie Coates was offside. Boswell again kicked the ball into the end zone for a touchback the second time as well.
  • The Steelers converted their first third down and scored their first points of the game on the same series midway through the first period. It was a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown on a fourth-and-3. The score made it 21-7 with 8:38 left in the game.

What went wrong

  • Things got off on the wrong foot for the Steelers. After the Ravens won the coin toss and deferred, the Steelers went three-and-out and in the process Maurkice Pouncey sustained some kind of hand/finger injury and was replaced by B.J. Finney. And then, Jordan Berry's punt traveled only 28 yards to set the Ravens up for their first possession at their own 44-yard line.

Game action from Week 9 against the Baltimore Ravens.

  • On the Steelers' second third-down situation, somebody committed a glaring mental error that ended up exposing Ben Roethlisberger to an unnecessary hit. On the play, Jesse James went out in the pass pattern and Al Villanueva looked to the inside, the combination of which gave Terrell Suggs a clear path to Roethlisberger. Suggs delivered the hit as Roethlisberger released the ball, and the pass was almost intercepted.
  • On second-and-9 from the 5-yard line, Joe Flacco completed a short pass to Mike Wallace, who broke a tackle by Artie Burns and then ran away from Mike Mitchell to complete a 95-yard scoring play that was the longest pass play in Ravens history. After the extra point, Baltimore had a 7-0 lead with 1:07 remaining in the first quarter.
  • What was going to be a third-and-2 right before the two-minute warning of the first half turned into a third-and-7 from the 20-yard line after a false start penalty on David Johnson. Ben Roethlisberger overthrew Le'Veon Bell in the flat and the Steelers had to punt.
  • With 3 seconds left in the first half, the Steelers had committed 10 penalties for 84 yards and had run 23 offensive plays for 67 yards. The Steelers had just two first downs, were 0-for-7 on third downs, and Ben Roethlisberger had completed as many passes – 7 – as Jordan Berry had punts.
  • On the Steelers first nine offensive possessions, they ran more than three plays on only one of those nine, that being a five-play "drive" following Artie Burns' interception late in the first quarter.
  • The Ravens came up with their first takeaway midway through the third period when nose tackle Brandon Williams batted a Ben Roethlisberger pass at the line of scrimmage and Timmy Jernigan intercepted to give the Ravens the ball at the Steelers 32-yard line.
  • Jordan Berry's 10th punt was blocked by Javorius Allen, and the ball was scooped up by Chris Moore and run into the end zone for a touchdown that upped the Ravens lead to 21-0 following the successful 2-point conversion on a pass from Joe Flacco to Steve Smith with 13:36 remaining in the game. The highs and lows of the Steelers Week 9 game at the Baltimore Ravens

What went right

  • The Ravens had converted a third down with a pass completion to Kamar Aiken, but an illegal formation penalty moved the ball back 5 yards to the Steelers 22-yard line and forced a do-over as a third-and-10. Under pressure from Stephon Tuitt and Mike Mitchell, Flacco's pass for Dennis Pitta was intercepted by Artie Burns and returned to the Steelers 24-yard line.
  • Shamarko Thomas made a very nice play on what was a 51-yard punt by Jordan Berry with 1:50 left in the first quarter of a scoreless game. Thomas, a gunner on the play, caught up to the ball before it crossed the goal line and tossed it back where it was down at the Baltimore 4-yard line.
  • The Steelers defense did a nice job on Baltimore's first possession of the second quarter. On first down from the Ravens 16-yard line, Ryan Shazier blasted Terrance West after a handoff and forced a fumble that Kamar Aiken recovered and was then tackled by Artie Burns at the 3-yard line. Two plays later, the Ravens punted and the Steelers took over at their own 41-yard line.
  • Back-to-back penalties on the Steelers punt return team extended a Ravens' possession midway through the second quarter. Ryan Shazier was flagged for a neutral zone infraction and then on the re-kick, Shamarko Thomas was flagged for roughing the punter. Even with a fresh set of downs, the Ravens ended up punting again three plays later, but the Steelers offense had to start from its own 8-yard line.
  • Chris Boswell's second-half kickoff bounced over Devin Hester's head and into the end zone for a touchback, but there had to be a re-kick because Sammie Coates was offside. Boswell again kicked the ball into the end zone for a touchback the second time as well.
  • The Steelers converted their first third down and scored their first points of the game on the same series midway through the first period. It was a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown on a fourth-and-3. The score made it 21-7 with 8:38 left in the game.

What went wrong

  • Things got off on the wrong foot for the Steelers. After the Ravens won the coin toss and deferred, the Steelers went three-and-out and in the process Maurkice Pouncey sustained some kind of hand/finger injury and was replaced by B.J. Finney. And then, Jordan Berry's punt traveled only 28 yards to set the Ravens up for their first possession at their own 44-yard line.
  • On the Steelers' second third-down situation, somebody committed a glaring mental error that ended up exposing Ben Roethlisberger to an unnecessary hit. On the play, Jesse James went out in the pass pattern and Al Villanueva looked to the inside, the combination of which gave Terrell Suggs a clear path to Roethlisberger. Suggs delivered the hit as Roethlisberger released the ball, and the pass was almost intercepted.
  • On second-and-9 from the 5-yard line, Joe Flacco completed a short pass to Mike Wallace, who broke a tackle by Artie Burns and then ran away from Mike Mitchell to complete a 95-yard scoring play that was the longest pass play in Ravens history. After the extra point, Baltimore had a 7-0 lead with 1:07 remaining in the first quarter.
  • What was going to be a third-and-2 right before the two-minute warning of the first half turned into a third-and-7 from the 20-yard line after a false start penalty on David Johnson. Ben Roethlisberger overthrew Le'Veon Bell in the flat and the Steelers had to punt.
  • With 3 seconds left in the first half, the Steelers had committed 10 penalties for 84 yards and had run 23 offensive plays for 67 yards. The Steelers had just two first downs, were 0-for-7 on third downs, and Ben Roethlisberger had completed as many passes – 7 – as Jordan Berry had punts.
  • On the Steelers first nine offensive possessions, they ran more than three plays on only one of those nine, that being a five-play "drive" following Artie Burns' interception late in the first quarter.
  • The Ravens came up with their first takeaway midway through the third period when nose tackle Brandon Williams batted a Ben Roethlisberger pass at the line of scrimmage and Timmy Jernigan intercepted to give the Ravens the ball at the Steelers 32-yard line.
  • Jordan Berry's 10th punt was blocked by Javorius Allen, and the ball was scooped up by Chris Moore and run into the end zone for a touchdown that upped the Ravens lead to 21-0 following the successful 2-point conversion on a pass from Joe Flacco to Steve Smith with 13:36 remaining in the game.
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