PITTSBURGH -- Shaun Suisham's fourth field goal as time ran out gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a 19-16 win against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night at Heinz Field.
Suisham kicked field goals from 38, 28 and 34 yards, but his 42-yarder into the open end zone won the game. Suisham is 14-for-14 on field goals this season.
The Steelers nearly won the game on the ensuing kickoff after the Ravens tied the score 16-16, as Emmanuel Sanders returned it 109 yards for a touchdown. However, he was ruled out of bounds, and no challenge was allowed. The 44-yard kickoff return put the ball at the 37. Ben Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown for 13 yards to the Ravens 38. Brown hauled in an 11-yarder to the 24, and the Steelers were in field-goal range.
The Steelers outplayed the Ravens for the majority of the game, but could not get more than a field goal late in the game despite a second down from the 4. And Baltimore's Joe Flacco guided a spectacular 16-play, 73-yard touchdown drive in 8:01 to tie the score at 16-16 with 1:58 remaining.
Flacco was 9-for-10 passing in the drive, including a scoring pass to Dallas Clark from the 1-yard line. Flacco connected with Torrey Smith for and Tandon Doss for 13 to keep the sticks moving.
The Steelers got on the scoreboard first with a beautiful 10-play, 60-yard drive in 6:05, their second possession in the game. The Steelers converted three third-down plays and even used a little razzle-dazzle to get into the end zone. Antonio Brown got things started with an 18-yard punt return to give the Steelers among their best field-position starts this season.
Le'Veon Bell ran for 11 for the opening first down and on second-and-five, he was lined up in the Wildcat. Bell handed off to Brown, who cut it up for three yards. Demoted offensive tackle Mike Adams lined up as an extra tight end to open the game and throughout this series as well. On third-and-two, Bell ran for six yards out of the Wildcat. On third-and-six, Ben Roethlisberger connected with Jerricho Cotchery for 19 yards down the middle. Tight end Heath Miller scored on a shovel pass from Roethlisberger on third-and-one from the 3.
The Ravens scored on the ensuing possession, but it only was a field goal by Justin Tucker from 46 yards. Baltimore held the ball for 10 plays and 5:19. There were two key third-down plays converted by the Ravens, a 22-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Tandon Doss, who beat Cortez Allen to the inside. And on third-and-three, Flacco hit Ed Dickson for six.
The Steelers countered with a nine-play drive in 5:06, but had to settle for a 34-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham. Bell ran hard, but it was an amazing 19-yard reception by Derek Moye on third-and-five that got the Steelers into the red zone. Roethlisberger threw the ball high, but Moye went up to get it and was upended. But he still held on for the first down. A short sack hampered the Steelers' progress after that, and Suisham had to kick a field goal.
The Steelers went the entire series without right offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert, who re-injured his right quad that hampered him all week and did not return. Guy Whimper replaced him at right tackle, so Adams remained as an extra tight end for blocking purposes on offense.
LaMarr Woodley sacked Flacco for a 10-yard loss on the ensuing possession by the Ravens after a drive that included four first-down plays reached the Steelers' 34. Woodley's play forced a punt, instead of a long field goal.
The Steelers were driving in the waning minutes of the first half and appeared to overcome an offensive facemask penalty by Bell. However, Miller fumbled after a 14-yard pass from Roethlisberger, and the Ravens recovered at the Steelers 38 with 39 seconds remaining. The Steelers defense had to rise again and were up to the task. It forced a 38-yard field goal that Tucker made, and the half ended with the Steelers leading, 10-6.
During the opening possession in the second half, the Ravens had several big plays, including a 12-yard run for a first down by Flacco and 14-yarder by Ray Rice. However, several penalties by each team kept things interesting. Troy Polamalu had an encroachment penalty that gave the Ravens a first down, but then he made to solid defensive plays to make it third-and-long. Flacco had Jacoby Jones open long, but underthrew him late, which allowed Will Gay to catch up and knock the ball away.
The Steelers followed the defensive stand with an amazing 13-play, 70-yard drive in 8:03. But it died in the red zone, as usual, for various reasons. After a 19-yard run by Roethlisberger, which should have been a sack -- but Miller saved him by knocking Suggs to the side -- he was sacked twice in a row. Fortunately for the Steelers, Elvis Dumervil was called for a 15-yard facemask penalty during the second sack. That made it a first down at the 11.
Bell ran for seven yards to the 4, but lost a yard on second down. Brown had a false start to move the ball back to the 10, and Roethlisberger fired incomplete to Sanders on third-and-nine to force a 28-yard field goal by Suisham. The Steelers led 13-6 with 2:56 remaining in the third quarter.
There was a prevailing belief among some in the press box that continually kicking field goals would come back to bite the Steelers, and it nearly did on the next drive by the Ravens. They went 12 plays and 66 yards in 4:52, but had to settle for a 32-yard Tucker field goal. The long drive included a 41-yard Flacco completion to Torrey Smith, his first catch of the day, on Ike Taylor. Smith appeared to push off at the last second, but nothing was called.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh also went for it on fourth down and got it with a Flacco dive for two yards to the 17. But three more plays netted just three yards, and Tucker had to kick a field goal.
The Steelers countered with another field goal, a 38-yarder by Suisham, with 9:59 remaining. However, another golden opportunity was squandered. The Ravens tried an onside kick after their field goal, but two penalties on the play by Tucker gave the Steelers great field position for the first time this season at the Baltimore 38. A Felix Jones run for six yards to the 25 gave the club a first down, but it pretty much died around there. Roethlisberger's bomb to Moye in the end zone with Lardarius Webb in single coverage could not connect. Webb got a hand in there, but Moye had the ball go off his hands.
Notes: The Steelers had two injuries in the game. Gilbert, who did not return after re-injuring his right quad, and defensive end Brett Keisel. He had cartilage damage last week in his rib cage and aggravated it this week.
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