What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong vs. Baltimore

The highs and lows of the Steelers Week 16 game vs. the Baltimore Ravens.

4:30 p.m. ET - Kickoff

4:31 p.m. ET - What went wrong: Chris Boswell's opening kickoff goes out of bounds, so the Ravens start their first offensive possession at the 40-yard line. Fifteen yards of field position just given away.

4:35 p.m. ET - What went right: After allowing an initial first down, the Steelers defense stiffened and forced a 27-yard punt that gave them their first offensive possession of the game at the Pittsburgh 13-yard line.


4:45 p.m. ET - What went right:** The Steelers offense made a statement early, not only by going 87 yards in nine plays for the game's first touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 7:12 remaining in the first quarter. The statement was that they planned on running the ball against one of the NFL's best rush defenses. Le'Veon Bell rushed for 39 yards on six carries, and Eli Rogers added 6 yards on one carry. That's 55 of the 87 yards on the ground, and the touchdown came on a 20-yard pass to Xavier Grimble.

4:51 p.m. ET - What went wrong: On the Ravens first offensive play following the Steelers first touchdown – from the Baltimore 19-yard line – Joe Flacco completed a short pass to Steve Smith, and it turned into a 44-yard gain after Artie Burns missed a tackle, and then Burns compounded the error by drawing a roughness penalty at the end of the play by hitting Smith out of bounds. The Ravens turned that into a 41-yard field goal that made it 7-3 with 5:50 left in the first quarter.

4:55 p.m. ET - What went wrong: It was a third-and-9 for the Steelers at their own 26-yard line when Ben Roethlisberger hooked up with Antonio Brown for what would have been a 68-yard catch-and-run down to the Ravens 6-yard line. But the play was nullified by an offensive pass interference call on Brown, and the Steelers punted one play later.


5:15 p.m. ET - What went right:** The Ravens benefitted from a questionable personal foul penalty on Ryan Shazier to gain a first down at the Steelers' 16-yard line, but then William Gay dumped Terrance West for a 1-yard loss and then Ryan Shazier sacked Joe Flacco, which then led to a 45-yard field goal attempt by Justin Tucker. He never got a chance to attempt the kick, however, because of a bad snap, and the Steelers took over at their own 30-yard line.

5:42 p.m. ET - What went wrong: Sean Davis took a bad angle on a blitz with 48 seconds left in the first half, and Joe Flacco stepped away and completed a 13-yard pass to Breshad Perriman for a first down at the Steelers 23-yard line.

5:48 p.m. ET - Halftime: Steelers 7, Ravens 6

6:04 p.m. ET - What went wrong: First offensive play of the second half is a disaster. Ben Roethlisberger misses David Johnson, and it's intercepted by Zachary Orr and returned 14 yards to the Pittsburgh 20-yard line.

6:06 p.m. ET - What went wrong:Three plays later – on a third-and-8 – the Ravens catch the Steelers trying to cover Steve Smith with Ryan Shazier, and the touchdown pass gave the Ravens a 12-7 lead that became 14-7 with a two-point conversion pass to Smith. There is 13:26 left in the third quarter.


Game action from Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens.

6:08 p.m. ET - What went wrong:** Fitz Toussaint received the ensuing kickoff a couple of yards into the end zone, and decided to bring it out. Instead of starting at the 25-yard line, the Steelers start the possession at the 17-yard line.

6:17 p.m. ET - What went right: Trailing by 14-7, the Steelers chipped into the deficit with a 36-yard field goal by Chris Boswell on a drive keyed by a 26-yard catch-and-run by Eli Rogers. It was 14-10 with 5:22 remaining in the third period.

6:34 p.m. ET - What went wrong: Another interception thrown by Ben Roethlisberger put the Steelers in a tough spot. On second-and-6 from the Pittsburgh 29-yard line with 49 seconds left in the third quarter, his pass for Jesse James was intercepted by C.J. Mosley, and his return covered 28 yards to give the Ravens the ball at the Steelers 11-yard line.

6:49 p.m. ET - What went right:Looking at a 20-10 deficit early in the fourth quarter, the Steelers drove 75 yards in five plays to score a touchdown that cut the Ravens' lead to 20-17. The big plays on the drive were a 21-yard pass to Jesse James and a 35-yard pass interference penalty on Tavon Young on a ball thrown to Demarcus Ayers. Le'Veon Bell's 7-yard run on a play in which he bounced it outside to get into the end zone.

6:54 p.m. ET - What went wrong: There are few things more inexcusable than a kickoff out of bounds, and Chris Boswell did it twice in a critical game. After Le'Veon Bell's touchdown, Boswell's kickoff out of bounds handed the Ravens another 15 free yards of field position, and even though the defense recorded an three-and-out, the Steelers offense started at the Pittsburgh 10-yard line with 10:05 remaining in the fourth quarter of a 20-17 game.


7:00 p.m. ET - What went right:** The Steelers took the lead, 24-20, with 7:16 remaining on a 7-yard pass to Le'Veon Bell that capped a six-play, 90-yard drive that also included passes of 21 and 26 yards to Antonio Brown.

7:16 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Ravens converted four third downs, including a third-and-short that turned into the go-ahead touchdown when Kyle Juszczyk broke a tackle by Mike Mitchell and got into the end zone to give Baltimore a 27-24 lead with 46 seconds left in the game.

7:49 p.m. ET - Final Score: Steelers 31, Ravens 27

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