Steelers Rally For 13-10 Win Over Ravens

BALTIMORE (KDKA/AP) – The battle for the AFC North between the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens came down to the fourth quarter Sunday night.

Troy Polamalu forced a fumble, and the loose ball was scooped up by Lamarr Woodley. Three plays later, Ben Roethlisberger threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Redman.

It was the Steelers only touchdown of the game and it came with 2:51 left to play as the Steelers rallied to beat the Ravens 13-10 in Baltimore.

The win means the Steelers have gained sole possession of first place in the AFC North.

The fierce defensive battle turned when Polamalu hit Joe Flacco’s arm on a safety blitz. The loose ball was taken 19 yards by Lamarr Woodley to the Baltimore 9, setting up Redman’s touchdown.

After throwing two incomplete passes, Roethlisberger dumped a short toss over the middle to Redman, who broke tackles by Dawan Landry and Jarret Johnson on his way to the end zone.

Baltimore’s ensuing drive ended at the Pittsburgh 31 when Flacco bounced a fourth-down pass to Ed Dickson with 33 seconds remaining.

The victory left the Steelers (9-3) a game ahead of the Ravens (8-4) in the division and gave Pittsburgh a split of the season series.

“Tough place to play, but let’s be frank, we needed to come here and even the score in this matchup,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “Thankfully we did, and we’ll push on.”

Baltimore blew a fourth-quarter lead for the sixth time this season and had its eight-game home winning streak end.

“Obviously, it was a tough loss. Basically, we gave the game away at the end,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “We should have won the football game, and that’s disappointing.”

Playing with a sprained right foot and overcoming a fierce pass rush, Roethlisberger went 22 for 38 for 253 yards. He has won six straight starts against Baltimore and is 8-2 lifetime against the Ravens.

Flacco was 17 for 33 for 266 yards, but his fumble was the most decisive play of the game.

“It was an all-out blitz. They brought everybody,” Flacco said. “I took three steps and raised my arm and was getting hit. It was pretty shocking.”

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who had 1½ sacks, said, “We gave it to them. We can’t give (Polamalu) a chance to make plays, and we did. You see 43 at the line, and you know he’s coming.”

Polamalu, of course, wears No. 43. The long-haired star has done it before to the Ravens – his 40-yard interception return sealed Pittsburgh’s 23-14 victory in the 2008 AFC title game.

As is usually the case when the Steelers and Ravens meet, the trainers were kept busy tending to injured players.

Both starting tight ends were knocked out of the game. Baltimore’s Todd Heap strained a hamstring on the first play from scrimmage and did not return, and Pittsburgh’s Heath Miller suffered a concussion in the third quarter in a collision with Ravens cornerback Chris Carr.

The Steelers also lost right tackle Flozell Adams, who limped off the field in the third quarter.

The hitting was so hard that even Pittsburgh’s punter got injured. Daniel Sepulveda hurt his right knee in the second quarter, and placekicker Shaun Suisham was called upon to punt for the remainder of the game.

Blanked in the first half for the first time since Nov. 26, 2007, against Miami, Pittsburgh got a field goal on the opening drive of the third quarter to close to 7-3.

Roethlisberger hit Hines Ward for 13 yards and Mike Wallace for 23 yards before Suisham kicked a 45-yard field goal.

The Ravens responded with a 60-yard march that ended with a 24-yard field goal by Billy Cundiff.

Pittsburgh then closed to 10-6 with a 16-play, 79-yard drive that consumed more than 9 minutes and was extended by two pivotal penalties against Baltimore.

However, the Steelers had to settle for a field goal with 12:46 left after a 28-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Wallace set up a first-and-goal from the 2.

Baltimore had two sacks and an interception in the first half, and Flacco threw a touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead at the break.

The game started miserably for the Ravens. After Marcus Smith was called for holding on the opening kickoff, Flacco threw two incomplete passes and was sacked in a possession that lasted less than a minute.

Baltimore also lost Heap, who has scored five touchdowns this season.

On Pittsburgh’s first march, Roethlisberger got his nose bloodied and broken on a third-down sack by Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata.

Baltimore went up 7-0 late in the first quarter. Flacco went 6 for 6 during a 92-yard drive, completing a 61-yarder to Anquan Boldin on a third-and-15 before connecting with Boldin for a 14-yard touchdown.

On the scoring play, Flacco rolled to his right and had plenty of time to survey the field before finding Boldin in the end zone.

In the second quarter, Flacco connected with Donte’ Stallworth for a 67-yard completion – Stallworth’s longest catch since 2007. The play took Baltimore to the Pittsburgh 27, but a third-down sack took the Ravens out of field goal range.

Baltimore had 11 yards rushing on 11 attempts in the first half.

The Steelers return to Heinz Field next weekend when they’ll take on the Cincinnati Bengals at 1 p.m. on Dec. 12.


One Comment

  1. Steeler Nation says:

    Did you even doubt it! Of course the Steelers were going to win!

    1. chelsea crawford says:

      go steelers thanks for the shopping trip it was amazing i love you guys so much you guys are my favorite team

  2. mike says:

    redzone redmen baby! its ok refs we dont want your penalties !!!

    i just have one bone to pick with Tomlin….. how many years before you realise we are a better running team when we use a fullback in the backfield. i dont care of its our punter as fullback!! maybe our new kicker can handle that too…

  3. Patricia Carlisle says:


    1. toby says:

      you’re a big joke

    2. Sarah says:

      Patricia- your lack of grammar and punctuation is a big joke.

    3. Dee says:

      And what would you have Tomlin do? Make the ref call the penalty? And I don’t see being the only coach to start 6-2 every year in his tenure a joke.

    4. Bus says:

      and what is your coaching experience???? Maybe they should hire you

    5. TBOY says:


  4. Steeler Nation says:

    You think Tomlin is a poor coach.His job is not threatened by a long shot. He only has a Superbowl ring after a short stint as a coach and continues to keep a class A team the cream of the crop.You are the joke coach Patricia C. keep your day job Ms.Sideline hater.

  5. Patricia Carlisle says:


    1. Craig Colquitt says:

      be quiet. you don’t know football

      1. Nurse Ratchet says:

        Patricia: Why haven’t you taken your meds yet? You should lay off of caffeine that late at night as well. By the way, I think your caps lock button is stuck in the “on” position.

  6. ralphie boy says:

    i too think tomlin is inconsistent as a coach. with our talent we should be able to field a more consistently dominating team and not have to always depend on last minute come from behind miracle wins. why can’t tomlin field a more consistent product?

    1. CJ says:

      Tomlin doesn’t call the plays, dude

  7. David Ferrer says:

    We need to mix up our offensive plays more,instead of running on first and second downs,passing on third..I didnt see on e screen pass,no reverses,no nothing!

  8. David Ferrero says:

    One touchdown,(set up by our defense!),is unacceptable…PS My last name is “Ferrero”….

    1. David "The Chooch" Ferrero says:

      Who gives a s h i t what your first name is let alone your last name?

      But it does make it easier showing everyone what a chooch you are:!/profile.php?id=100000150557933

  9. SwedishSnus says:

    Everyone thinks they know more about football than the people actually doing the jobs. That always cracks me up.

  10. mark Bosco says:

    He might not have the stats but Ben is a winner!

  11. old old Steeler fan says:

    David whatever your name is. . Coach Tomlin has done a great job considering what he had to put up with. The starting quaterback out for the first 4 games, more injuries than you can count and the NFL on our butt……Good job Coach

  12. K Mac says:

    Mike Tomlin Coach of the year!

  13. yikes says:

    moral of this story: never use your real name on a forum, or some a-hole will paste your facebook profile up for the world to see. And probably stalk you, because he doesn’t have a life.

  14. Joe Burdek says:

    When I saw what happened to Big Ben and Heath I was sickened. Just reported: An event security guard asked an official on the side line right after the horrible illegal hit on 83 Heath Miller, ” Why wasn’t there a flag on this play?” “Because we were told by the league to let them play.” We lost possible 3 players for the season with the officials inconsistency and bios penalty calling last night. Which means only one thing. We the Steelers are fighting two separate enemies, the opposing football team and the NFL.
    My plug:

  15. the bus says:

    The steelers have never been a dominant team… they play old school smash mouth football and win games. I have been a fan all my life and one of the reasons I love them is the tight ball games they play and usually win! On the other hand I do have to say Tomlin does need to switch it up a little instead of running right all the time. GO STEELERS…. 7 Rings are on the door step

    1. Franky M says:

      team As for the Steelers never being a dominating team tells me you must be to young to remember the 70s

  16. T.J.3 says:

    Ben’s nose looked like a pretzel after getting smacked, he’s as tough as nails!! and Heath gets a obvious head shot and the refs just look the other way!!

  17. MARIO says:


  18. Tommy says:

    Patricia C (above) please keep your obvious lack of football knowledge to your self!! Not only is Tomlin (and team) 9-3, in first place cotrolling their own fate, he went into Balmer with a suspect secondary, a bum footed QB, a half ass patchwork offensive line and only gave up 10 points in a WIN!!! Dear God, the man is getting the MOST out of nothing!! Aaron Smith …out! the Deisel…50%…secondary…the worst assembled!! Punter…out for season!! We’re watching coaching at its best! Preparing the million doller boys to go out and play…no matter who’s in the lineup!! 12-4 is very real!!!

  19. Kash says:

    RE: Joe Burdek, I totally agree with you Joe. Why is it that Tomlin refuses to utter a word about those illegal hits. NO FLAG, NO Penalties….only if we make them. This is blatant bias against the Steelers. I am outraged!!!! Tomlin needs to file a complaint instead of saying “I’m a coach, not an offical” or however he said it. It is a smack in the face of all the Steelers and thier fans.

  20. Kash says:

    BTW – If it had been Coach Cowar,he would be spitting all over their faces…..he had his faults, but I miss him!!!!

    1. Kash has no cash says:

      Who’s Coach Cowar?

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