Creativity ruled the Steelers game plan in the first half, and they've already equaled their per-game average in the first two quarters. Positive stats, but the one big stat as usual swung the momentum of a Steelers/Ravens game.
Ben Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller for a first down with under two minutes remaining in the first half, but Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith stripped Miller as he ran, leading to a field goal.
Baltimore gets the ball to start the second half.
The Steelers' offense looks sharp and well-practiced, and this is including a slight disruption - right tackle Marcus Gilbert went down early on, and was replaced by Guy Whimper. Gilbert isn't expected back for the remainder of the game.
But is it going to matter? The Steelers rushed for 82 yards over the first half, besting their season average of 61 yards per game. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has had time to make throws, and things are clicking against a quality defense.
Baltimore's offense has sputtered a bit, but they've been a second half team all season. It appears this will be a close, competitive game.
We'll have the game story immediately following the end, so stick around for that, and the immediate Winners and Losers column.
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