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.
The Ravens have the ball at the end of the first quarter.