Winners and Losers from Steelers Week 13 win over Ravens

Patrick Smith

The Hero from Homestead clearly places at the top of the list, but a few other winners and some losers may surprise you.

Most seem pretty obvious, which is usually the case when a team pulls off a huge road win against a divisional opponent. Pittsburgh was in no shortage of heroes in Week 13, highlighted by the hometown soon-to-be-38-year-old quarterback.

Winners

QB Charlie Batch - Yeah...he makes the cut. Batch completed his last eight passes, including a touchdown to tight end Heath Miller (more on him in a minute) from seven yards out that tied a back-and-forth game at 20. You wouldn't have guessed his age, as Batch saw running back Jonathan Dwyer bounce to his right almost before Dwyer did, sprinting downfield to get a block on the last Ravens defender standing between Dwyer and the end zone. A great heads-up play by the hero from Homestead, Pa. Batch was the paradigm of resilience, fending off a self-described poor game in Week 12, and even a poor first half against Baltimore, giving the Steelers an edge in a game where they dominated the Ravens over the final half.

TE Heath Miller - He showed a national television audience his freakish athletic ability on a beautiful catch-and-run for 43 yards that led to Dwyer's touchdown, and followed it up on a fully extended dive at the pylon to tie the game at 20. Miller led all receivers with 97 yards on five catches.

OLB James Harrison - Baltimore did an excellent job with Harrison after the veteran smoked the Ravens several times in their first meeting this season. Harrison did, however, come up with yet another game-altering play against the Ravens, notching his first forced fumble since, perhaps not coincidentally, Pittsburgh's Week 9 game against Baltimore in 2011. He now has three consecutive games with a sack.

K Shaun Suisham - What else will this man have to do to get into the Pro Bowl? He buried three field goals, from 46, 41 and the game-winner from 42 yards, moving him to a perfect 23-for-23 under 50 yards, and 24-of-25 on the season. It was his third game-winning field goal this season.

Losers

WR Emmanuel Sanders - This nearly comes with an asterisk that would have said he didn't get the opportunity to redeem himself later in the game as much as Mike Wallace did (three catches on the final drive took him out of the Losers column for what seems like the first time all season). Sanders' lack of handling of a great read and throw from Batch negated what likely would have been, at worst, a 60-yard gain giving the Steelers first and goal inside Baltimore's 10-yard line. He could have scored on the play. He dropped another pass before getting cracked in the back by rib-breaking safety Bernard Pollard. To his credit he did have a 17-yard catch that set up Miller's touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

FB Will Johnson - He missed a few blocks on Ravens run blitzers, leading to a congested backfield in an otherwise uninspiring running performance from the Steelers. Johnson has looked better throughout the season than he did Sunday, although his play wasn't a total loss.


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