What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong vs. Ravens

COIN TOSS: Steelers call tails. It's tails. Steelers win the toss and elect to defer. Ravens get the football first.

1:05 p.m. – What Went Right: It was the third play of the game, and the first third-down situation. On a third-and-6 from the Baltimore 29-yard line, Lamar Jackson tried to get the ball to wide receiver James Proche over the middle. Robert Spillane stepped in front, intercepted the pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown. The Steelers led, 7-0, with 14:06 left in the first period.

1:16 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers made a critical mistake on their first defensive series, and it led to the Ravens typing the game on a Lamar Jackson pass to Miles Boykin on third-and-goal from the 6-yard line. On third-and-7, Minkah Fitzpatrick had corralled a scrambling Jackson and was in the process of tackling him for no gain when Cam Heyward came over and hit the pair and drove them out of bounds. That 15-yard penalty sustained the drive for the Ravens, and the touchdown pass came when Boykin created just a bit of separation between him and Vince Williams. It was 7-7 with 8:44 left in the first quarter.

1:23 p.m. – What Went Wrong: Besides foolish penalties, the other no-no in a game vs. the Ravens is turning the ball over. On a first-and-10 from the Pittsburgh 30-yard line on the ensuing possession, Ben Roethlisberger completed a quick slant pass to Chase Claypool, but Marcus Peters stripped the ball and recovered at the Pittsburgh 44-yard line.

1:32 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers came up with their second takeaway of the first quarter, and it came five plays after Chase Claypool lost that fumble. On second-and-goal from the 8-yard line, Bud Dupree's relentless rush of Lamar Jackson resulted in a strip sack that was recovered by Vince Williams at the Steelers 4-yard line. With 5:23 left in the first quarter, it was 7-7.

2:04 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Ravens displayed the degree to which they were controlling the line of scrimmage on a nine-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard run by Gus Edwards and a 14-7 lead. Sixty-nine of the yards on the drive came on the ground, and by the time Edwards cross the goal line the Ravens already had 131 yards rushing. The only pass on the drive was an 11-yard completion to Mark Andrews. There was 7:24 left in the first half.

2:18 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers finally had an opportunity to snap the ball inside Ravens territory, but the possession still ended with a Jordan Berry punt. After Matthew Judon was penalized and ejected for contact with an official, the Steelers had a first down at the Baltimore 38-yard line. But after a 3-yard run by James Conner, Ben Roethlisberger had a pass batted by Calais Campbell, then David DeCastro committed a false start, and then DeShon Elliott's sack brought Berry onto the field.

2:38 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Ravens extended their lead to 17-7 on a 51-yard field goal by Justin Tucker as time expired in the first half, and that capped a 15-play, 59-yard drive that consumed the final 3:44 of the first half. In the first half, the Ravens had 179 yards rushing, with J.K. Dobbins leading the team with 69 on eight carries, with Gus Edwards adding 56 on 10 carries, and Lamar Jackson chipping in with 54 on 10 carries.

HALFTIME: Ravens 17, Steelers 7

2:55 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers got the ball first to start the second half, and after a 24-yard completion to JuJu Smith-Schuster on the first play, Ben Roethlisberger threw three straight incompletions to bring Jordan Berry onto the field again. On third-and-10, Marcus Peters was grabbing and holding Diontae Johnson, but no flag was thrown.

3:00 p.m. – What Went Right: On the first play after the Steelers' punt, Lamar Jackson inexplicably attempted a pass, and the attempt for Mark Andrews was intercepted by Alex Highsmith. After a 3-yard run by James Conner, Ben Roethlisberger completed a crossing pattern to a wide open Eric Ebron for the touchdown that cut the Baltimore lead to 17-14.

3:19 p.m. – What Went Right: When the second half began, the Steelers were losing by 10 points, and with 5:38 left in the third quarter the Steelers had a 21-17 lead. After the touchdown pass to Eric Ebron, the Ravens went three-and-out with Robert Spillane breaking up a third down pass for J.K. Dobbins. After the punt, Ben Roethlisberger converted with a 14-yard pass to Ebron, and what followed was a 20-yard interference call on cornerback Terrell Bonds. Roethlisberger converted a third-and-4 with a 7-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, and then another pass to Smith-Schuster gained 14 yards to the 1-yard line. James Conner punched it into the end zone, and it was 24-21.

THIRD QUARTER: Steelers 21, Ravens 17

3:46 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Ravens regained the lead with an eight-play, 53-yard drive that ended with a 3-yard pass to Marquise Brown with 11:56 left in the fourth quarter. Lamar Jackson converted a third-and-14 with a 39-yard pass to Devin Duvernay, and he also hooked up with Willie Snead on a 24-yard play that put the ball at 6-yard line. There was 11:56 left in the fourth quarter.

3:56 p.m. – What Went Right: And back and forth we go. Ben Roethlisberger directed an eight-play, 80-yard drive after the Ravens touchdown and capped it with a perfect 8-yard pass to Chase Claypool that allowed the Steelers to regain the lead, 28-24, with 7:29 left in the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger converted one third down with a 7-yard pass to Ray-Ray McCloud, another with a 2-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, and then after an 11-yard pass to Smith-Schuster, Roethlisberger found Claypool in the right corner of the end zone.

4:21 p.m. – What Went Right: The game came down to the final snap and the ball was thrown into the end zone with the outcome of that pass to decide the game. Lamar Jackson's pass was broken up by Minkah Fitzpatrick, and the Steelers got to 7-0 and took a two-game lead in the AFC North with a 28-24 victory over the Ravens in Baltimore. The Steelers had stopped the Ravens on their previous possession by tackling Lamar Jackson short of the line to gain on a fourth-and-2. After the Steelers failed to gain a first down, Jordan Berry hit a 48-yard punt out of his own end zone to put the Ravens 63 yards away from the touchdown they had to have.

FINAL SCORE: Steelers 28, Ravens 24