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Steelers defeat Ravens on dramatic come-from-behind effort led by quarterback Charlie Batch

Charlie Batch may not be back next year, and if he's not, he will have ended his career after his best individual performance.

Rob Carr

Behind The Steel Curtain Postgame Show, live at 8:15 p.m. ET

Charlie Batch has been playing professional football since 1998.

In that time, he's never had a comeback as dramatic as the one he orchestrated over the second half of the Steelers' 23-20 win over Baltimore in Week 13.

Batch threw a critical interception to Ravens free safety Ed Reed in the fourth quarter trailing 20-13.

It appeared over, despite Batch's modest efforts to that point. In a game highlighted by the heroics of Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers defense, and recently, by Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense, Batch directed the Steelers to what seemed impossible after a rough first half in which the Steelers managed nearly as many failed possessions - three 3-and-outs and one interception - as it did points - six.

The Steelelers trailed 13-3 in the first half.

Batch took over after the interception. He morphed into a quarterback maybe without Roethlisberger's mobility, or Flacco's arm. He darted passes to his fallen-to-earth receiving corps - Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders in particular.

Overall, he was 8-for-8 on his final eight throws for 72 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller that could be realistically described as the biggest play of the Steelers season.

The Steelers forced the Ravens into a punt after four plays - including getting pressure on third and long from Larry Foote. Before that, the Steelers defense didn't appear inclined to let Batch go down without another chance.

James Harrison forced his first fumble this season on a strip-sack of Flacco (his second turnover of the game), which was recovered by Ziggy Hood setting up Miller's touchdown. The Ravens did everything they could to blow Pittsburgh out of their stadium, but the planned failed over the second half. Flacco finished 16-for-34 for 188 yards, one touchdown and one interception by Ryan Clark in the first half.

Batch took over from his own 15-yard line with 6:14 to play. Completing three passes to Wallace and two to Antonio Brown, and picking up a roughing the passer penalty on Ravens' OLB Paul Kruger, the Steelers set up a 41-yard field goal for kicker Shaun Suisham.

Unlike this game, there was never a doubt on the kick.

In doing it, the Steelers defeated Baltimore for the first time in the last four games, and handed the Ravens their first home loss in their last 15 games.

The win kept the Steelers ahead of Cincinnati for the sixth seed in the AFC playoffs. The Bengals defeated San Diego - Pittsburgh's Week 14 opponent - 20-13 in San Diego Sunday.

Indianapolis defeated Detroit on the last play of the game as well, keeping them at the fifth seed.