Ravens Edge Steelers 23-20 With Last-Second Touchdown

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN/AP) — Torrey Smith’s night began with a penalty that wiped out a long Baltimore touchdown.

It ended with a catch that gave the Ravens a season sweep of Pittsburgh.

Five plays after a sure scoring strike tipped off his fingers, the Baltimore rookie receiver held onto a 26-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco with 8 seconds remaining to lift the Ravens past the Steelers 23-20 on Sunday.

“For him to keep coming back to me, that meant a lot,” Smith said.

Smith was flagged for holding on the game’s first play, negating Ray Rice’s 76-yard touchdown run. But he capped Baltimore’s game-winning 92-yard drive by beating William Gay down the right sideline as the Ravens (6-2) snapped Pittsburgh’s four-game winning streak.

Flacco finished with 300 yards passing and Baltimore swept the season series from the rival Steelers (6-3) for the first time since 2006.

“This Steelers-Ravens game is a game for men,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. “This is a game for big men. You’ve got to shine bright in this game if you want to win this game. And nobody shined brighter than Joe Flacco in this game.”

The Steelers appeared to be in control after rallying from a 10-point deficit to take a 20-16 lead with less than 5 minutes to go when Ben Roethlisberger hit Mike Wallace for a 25-yard score.

Pittsburgh’s defense held once and the Steelers moved in range for Shaun Suisham to attempt a 47-yard field goal that could have bumped their lead to seven.

A delay of game penalty, however, pushed Pittsburgh back five yards and the Steelers opted to punt.

“I accept responsibility for that,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “There was some hesitation on my part.”

Flacco, who fumbled midway through the fourth quarter to set up Roethlisberger’s strike to Wallace, atoned during a brilliant 13-play drive.

He converted a fourth-and-1 at the Pittsburgh 49 with less than a minute to go to keep Baltimore’s hopes alive, and Smith made up for a drop with the biggest play of his young career.

The Steelers got the ball back with 8 seconds left but Antonio Brown fumbled a lateral from Wallace and the Ravens poured onto the Heinz Field turf in celebration.

How excited were the Ravens? Harbaugh received a cut on his chin after being dropped by Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome.

It’s hard to blame the Ravens for their giddiness, particularly after two of their last three seasons ended on the same field.

“We swept them, but don’t be fooled — we’ll see them again in January,” Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “This is the only team in the world that can play like we play and match us blow for blow.

“With one dramatic drive, Baltimore ended Pittsburgh’s surge and moved into a tie with Cincinnati atop the AFC North.

Flacco, who had come under fire from his teammates for inconsistent play, completed 28 of 47 passes and kept his head late after spending much of the second half trying to avoid Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison.

The All-Pro sacked Flacco three times in his first game back after missing a month with a fractured orbital bone around his right eye, but Pittsburgh’s pass rush disappeared on Baltimore’s final drive. Given time to work, Flacco picked apart the NFL’s top-ranked pass defense.

Gay couldn’t stop Flacco from hitting Anquan Boldin on the crucial fourth down and then couldn’t stay in front of Smith on the game-winning play.

“That was, on my part, the worst drive ever,” Gay said.

And perhaps the finest moment of Flacco’s career.

“You don’t really have anything to lose,” Flacco said. “You either score or you don’t score. … You take a couple of shots at the end zone and see what comes of it.”

The Steelers trailed by 10 going into the fourth quarter but roared back behind Roethlisberger. Rashard Mendenhall scored from 1 yard out to pull Pittsburgh within 16-13 and Harrison swatted the ball out of Flacco’s hand on Baltimore’s next possession.

Gay recovered and Roethlisberger put the Steelers in front when he rolled right to avoid pressure and threw in the direction of Brown. Wallace streaked in front of his teammate for the score and Pittsburgh appeared to be on its way to avenging a 28-point loss to the Ravens in the season opener.

Roethlisberger finished with 330 yards passing to become the first Pittsburgh quarterback to top 300 in three consecutive games, but the Steelers’ defense couldn’t contain Flacco at the end.

Suggs picked off Roethlisberger’s pass in the third quarter to preserve a 9-6 Baltimore lead. A dozen plays later, Rice darted in from 4 yards out to put the Ravens up 16-6.

The NFL’s top-ranked defense couldn’t make it hold up, though for once Flacco bailed the defense out in a relationship that’s often been vice versa.

“In my eyes, to be totally honest with you, they’re the defending AFC champs, so they’re still the team to beat,” Suggs said of the Steelers. “But if we’re playing football throughout, we’ll see them again in January. But they’ve got to come to our house.”

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  • RavensBlogger.com

    Hope the Steelers come to Baltimore for Round 3.


  • Sinking Fast

    Good old Ben, just can’t put two good games back to back. Just can’t stand prosperity. Might as well go into the tank now cause the season is over guys. The old fellows just get older and injured all the time. Do they give a weekly award for AFC jerk of the week? Another loss next week in Cincinnati should finish it up. The bye week will be the good-bye week.

  • CJ

    TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE! From Tomlin down to the quaterback. TALK ABOUT A SORRY GAME FOR THE STEELERS. And the defense, what a sorry last 2 minutes. Write this season off!

  • bubba

    the only problem the Steelers have is Ike(can’t cover his a$$ with both hands) taylor

    • Quaffer

      You are a certified idiot. He’s the best corner they have

      • sheriff

        Quaffer, An ignorant illegitimate jerk off who has sex with his mother are you.

  • EJ

    I said it before, and I say it again, they should have gotten rid of Taylor and Gay. I would have wend for fresh young D backs in the draft. As for the Defense, we should have been in prevent defense with a 3 man rush during the final minutes of the game. Why, because if they run the ball, the clock runs, and with Baltimore only having 1 time out remaining, they would have to use it. Attempting to rush pressure on Flaco was a bad call because Gay and turner was struggling. If we would have been in prevent with a 3 man rush, the outcome of the game would be different.

  • steelers losers

    the funniest part of the game was when ward got clocked i was howling the idiot wasnt smiling then was he

  • Jim DeSantis

    thanks again to Bens interception pass the raven beat us twice and this time on our own turf. besides i still think ben should be in jail. he never did clear himself with most of us.

  • SFF

    Dear Steelers Losers,
    I’m not sure anyone receiving a head injury is funny. I hope Ray Lewis gets the fine he deserves for that helmet-to-helmet hit.

    As for the game, Gay was clearly out played, and something needs to be done about that for future games. We should have won that game, and we didn’t and it’s time to learn from those mistakes and continue on. We need to win against the Bengals to have any chance for the playoffs.

    I hate losing against the Ravens, but a team who can’t stop their opponents from taking the lead in the last two minutes doesn’t deserve to win the game. The refs calls were biased, but we should have had more points on the board, period.

    • sheriff

      SFF, Stop pulling your pudding azzhole before I Ray Lewis smacks up upside the head.

  • steelers losers

    these pieces of dirt you call steelers couldnt match up to bradshaw lambert ham greene greenwood swann stallworth bleir they all think theyre in a rap video not a game bunch of no good uneducated idiot lmao oh and it was funny when ward got clocked lmao again





  • Dave

    Wow I can’t believe how filled this topic is with FAKE Steeler fans! Aren’t the Steelers 6-3??!!!!! Heck I believe most were calling for a 4 lose season anyway. So please shut the mouth. Now if they lose to the Bengals once and maybe the 49 Niners or the Chiefs and end the regular season with 5 or 6 loses then you should be worried but until then stop it!

    What will you guys say next Sunday when and if the Steelers destroy the Bungals? You will act like nothing ever happened..

  • Marty Griffins Insider

    Those Throwback jerseys are cursed, they should wear the uniform form the 70’s

  • JustSaying

    I feel the NFL as changed in to many ways today! The officials should all be fired! Helmet to helmet calls should be trhown out if they are not called fairly. Pass interference needs to be trhown out if not called fairly and if push offs are not allowed why only from some teams? baltimore had the officials in their back pocket and they knew it! NBC chris collinworth had his head so far up the raven a$$ it stinks and was really hard to listen to the game! I am tired of the mercedes and bmw commercials bring back the ford and chevy truck commercials! If the NFL only wants to promote the rich, being the players or its fans so be it! The Steelers played their tails off with the play calling they were givin and made the most of what they had with several key players not in the line up. But I feel the NFL knows who they want in the Super Bowl and where they will make the most Money. The morons from NBC said after the half who won the game before it was over! Roger Goodell has ruined the NFL and I hope he Likes it because it will never be a Sunday dedicated to the NFL for me! You can call it whining or whatever you want I DO NOT CARE.

    • Quaffer

      You do realize the steelers have about 1,000x the fanbase of the ravens right? So your conspiracy theory is the dumbest thing ever printed.

      • steelers losers

        quaffer are you a steeler why support them they dont care about you or your family you aint one of them just a poor loser fan lmao

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