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Charlie Batch outduels Joe Flacco

Charlie Batch hit all eight of his final throws, leading the Steelers to 10 straight fourth quarter points ind defeating the Ravens in Week 13.

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.