What went right, wrong vs. Ravens


* Things weren't going the Steelers way through most of the first quarter-and-a-half, but then the defense came up with a takeaway. On a 4-yard run by Lorenzo Taliaferro, Arthur Moats stripped the ball and it was recovered on the run by Brice McCain, who returned it 26 yards to the Ravens 27-yard line.

  • With their first decent field position of the game, the Steelers moved to a first-and-goal at the 10-yard line following a completed pass to Antonio Brown plus a personal foul penalty on Courtney Upshaw for roughing Ben Roethlisberger. On third-and-goal, Roethlisberger got the Steelers to a 7-7 tie with a 5-yard pass to Le'Veon Bell.
  • James Harrison had a sack in the first quarter, and it was his pressure on Joe Flacco that led to the Steelers' second takeaway of the first half. Throwing off his back foot, Flacco had his pass intercepted by Jason Worilds, whose 30-yard return gave the offense the ball at the Baltimore 30-yard line.
  • On first-and-10 from the Baltimore 19-yard line later in that possession, Ben Roethlisberger hit Martavis Bryant with a touchdown pass that gave the Steelers a 14-7 lead with 5:24 remaining in the second quarter.
  • After the Ravens answered the Steelers' second touchdown drive with one that netted a field goal, Pittsburgh got the ball at their own 20-yard line following the kickoff and there was 1:44 left in the first half. After converting a third-and-6 with a pass to Le'Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger went deep on the next play and hooked up with Markus Wheaton for a 47-yard touchdown that made the score, 20-10, with the extra point pending.
  • That pending extra point turned into an adventure when holder Brad Wing was unable to get the snap down cleanly for Shaun Suisham. Thinking quickly, Wing rolled to his right and found Matt Spaeth leaking out into the flat. The completed pass was good for a two-point conversion and a 22-10 halftime lead for the Steelers.
  • James Harrison posted his second straight multi-sack game when he dropped Joe Flacco on a third down play midway through the third period. The sack became official only after Mike Tomlin challenged the original ruling that Flacco had released the ball before being down by contact.
  • It was a third-and-9 from the Pittsburgh 46-yard line early in the fourth quarter when Antonio Brown again showed why Mike Tomlin is correct in calling him "one of the best in the world at what he does." Brown caught the ball in the area of the Ravens' 33-yard line, and after a stiff-arm and a cut-back across the field he completed the 54-yard play for the touchdown that gave the Steelers a 29-10 lead.
  • Maybe Ben Roethlisberger didn't complete as high of a percentage of his passes as he did against the Colts, but he was ringing up the scoreboard with virtually the same regularity. His fifth touchdown pass of the night came on a third-and-9 from the Baltimore 18-yard line. If the Steelers had been forced to settle for a field goal there by a Ravens defense that came into the game No. 2 in the NFL in red zone defense, the lead would have been 15 points – still a two-score game. But by sticking it into the end zone with his second scoring pass to Martavis Bryant, Roethlisberger put the Ravens down by 19, 36-17.
  • When history was made, it was made in dramatic fashion. The Ravens had scored to make it 36-23 with three minutes remaining, but the Steelers had gotten possession of the attempted onside kick. At the two-minute warning, the Steelers were looking at a fourth-and-2 from the Baltimore 33-yard line. Rather than punt or attempt a 51-yard field goal, the Steelers opted to go for it. Off play-action, Roethlisberger dropped a rainbow right into Matt Spaeth's hands, who got into the end zone for the clinching points, and it also got Roethlisberger the NFL record.


The Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9 at Heinz Field.

  • Each team ended its opening possession with a punt, but the Ravens ended up with the better field position, and they capitalized on that quickly. Baltimore received the opening kickoff and by gaining three first downs, the Ravens were able to pin the Steelers at their 8-yard line following Sam Koch's punt. Then the Steelers went three-and-out, and Jacoby Jones returned Brad Wing's punt 25 yards to the Pittsburgh 35-yard line. On the next play, Joe Flacco hit Torrey Smith for the touchdown over Brice McCain.
  • Sometimes breaking a tackle makes it worse. Le'Veon Bell broke a tackle by Chris Canty on a run that would have been a 2-yard loss. When the play finally ended, Bell ended up losing 8 yards on the run.
  • With some powerful running by LeGarrette Blount, the Steelers moved out of the shadow of their own goal line to a first down at the 41-yard line. Then disaster struck. First it was an illegal hands to the face penalty on Maurkice Pouncey, and that was followed by three consecutive sacks of Ben Roethlisberger. Brad Wing ended up punting from his own end zone on fourth-and-29.
  • On the kickoff following Antonio Brown's 54-yard catch-and-run for the touchdown that gave the Steelers a 29-10 lead early in the third quarter, Jacoby Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown. It was Jones' longest return of the season.
  • Each time it seemed as though the Steelers were about to put the Ravens away, something happened to prevent that from becoming a reality. The first time it was Jacoby Jones' kickoff return for a touchdown, and then it was a fumbled exchange between Maurkice Pouncey and Ben Roethlisberger on a third-and-1 from the Steelers 34-yard line. Ravens defensive end DeAngelo Tyson came out of the pile with the football.
  • After the Ravens capitalized on that turnover to score and cut the Steelers' lead to 36-23, Baltimore center Jeremy Zuttah was flagged for a personal foul that was to be enforced on a kickoff certain to be an onside attempt. But after the Steelers stopped the two-point conversion attempt, Vince Williams was flagged for taunting, which offset the Ravens penalty and put the kickoff back at the 35-yard line.
  • Coach Mike Tomlin on the Steelers' injury situation: "We had a number of injuries in the game. Ryan Shazier has an ankle injury. Troy Polamalu has a knee sprain. Shamarko Thomas has a hamstring injury. I think it's a different hamstring from the one he had about a month or so ago. You know how it is. We will assess these and move forward."
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