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Steelers vs. Ravens Final Score: Steelers go into Baltimore and win fourth straight 23-16

Don’t look now, but the Steelers have won two straight in M&T Bank Stadium.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens met in Week 9, the second of their two divisional regular season meetings, and the two teams came into the game facing very different circumstances. The Steelers, at 4-2-1, had taken a lead in the AFC North, but the Ravens were trying to avoid losing three straight games, putting them under .500 for the first time this season.

Under beautiful skies at M&T Bank Stadium, the Steelers won the coin toss and elected to defer the possession to the second half. Both teams failed to put up points on their opening drives of the game, but the Ravens changed that with their second attempt. Alex Collins and Joe Flacco moved the Baltimore offense into a first-and-goal situation, but failed to convert. Justin Tucker nailed the chip shot field goal to give the Ravens an early 3-0 lead with 5 minutes left in the first quarter.

Not to be outdone, the Steelers took advantage of great field position after a short kick by Tucker was returned to the 40-yard line by Ryan Switzer. After Ben Roethlisberger his big completions to JuJu Smith-Schuster, Antonio Brown, it was a swing pass to James Conner to hit pay dirt, and give the Steelers a 7-3 lead.

Baltimore failed to obtain a first down on the ensuing series, and what resulted was a 10 play, 85 yard touchdown drive by the Steelers. James Conner was the main key to the offense throughout the drive, but the drive was capped off when Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown on a wide receiver screen, and after making a defender miss walked into the endzone. Chris Boswell’s point-after was good, making the score 14-3.

With their next possession, Flacco turned to his go-to offense of heaving deep passes in hopes of drawing a defensive pass interference call. He did just that when targeting John Brown, and the 33 yard penalty on Terrell Edmunds moved the Ravens’ offense deep into Pittsburgh’s territory. However, when facing another first-and-goal situation, the Ravens failed to hit pay dirt, relying on another 23-yard Tucker field goal making the score 14-6.

Both teams shared punts to end the half 14-6, and the Steelers started the third quarter with the football after deferring to start the game.

To start the third quarter, Pittsburgh knew this drive could truly define how the game will end up. What resulted was a 15 play, 75-yard drive which ended in a Ben Roethlisberger one-yard quarterback sneak for the touchdown. The drive displayed the Steelers’ third down dominance, and took up nearly half of the third quarter. However, Chris Boswell pushed the point-after wide right, making the score 20-6.

With the game in the balance, the Ravens responded with an impressive drive of their own. Joe Flacco made plays to Willie Snead for multiple first downs, but it was a defensive pass interference call on Morgan Burnett which set up the Baltimore offense on the one-yard line. Alex Collins then punched in the next play to make the score 20-13 in the waning minutes of the third quarter.

Pittsburgh’s offense couldn’t find a worse time to post a three-and-out, but the Steelers’ defense forced a three-and-out of their own to get the ball back with 14:23 left in the fourth quarter. Early in the drive, Roethlisberger scrambled on a broken play, but was caught from behind and after he was tackled he remained on the ground. Joshua Dobbs entered the game and delivered a huge first down pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster before Roethlisberger returned.

The next play from scrimmage Roethlisberger hit Jesse James down the sideline for a 51-yard catch and run, to set up the Pittsburgh offense in the red-zone. However, the Steelers were unable to convert for the first time, and had to settle for a Chris Boswell field goal, making the score 23-13 with 8:26 left in the fourth quarter.

Joe Flacco’s offense, and possibly the Ravens’ season, wasn’t about to go down without a fight, and thanks to Baltimore’s heave-and-pray style of offense the team moved quickly into Pittsburgh territory thanks to a pass interference call on Coty Sensabaugh. Trailing by 10 points, Baltimore faced a 4th and 4 deep in Pittsburgh territory, but elected for the field goal to make it a seven point game. Tucker’s kick was good, and the score read 23-16 with 5:23 left in regulation.

While the Steelers’ next possession didn’t equate in points, it did result in time taken off the clock. After key first downs, the Steelers gave the ball back to the Ravens with just over 30 seconds left in the game, and Flacco and company weren’t able to get the job done without any timeouts left.

The Steelers move their record to 5-2-1, while the Ravens’ record drops to 4-5. Pittsburgh has very little time to enjoy the game as the team now will host the Carolina Panthers in Week 10 at Heinz Field on Thursday Night Football.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they look to win 5 straight games in Week 10.