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Steelers keep playoff hopes alive with 17-10 win over Ravens in Week 18

It was a typical AFC North showdown to close out the 2023 regular season…

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Deontae Johnson (18) runs for a fourth quarter touchdown following his catch defended by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (23) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens kicked off the Week 18 game slate with an AFC North bang — a gritty, rainy, messy, beautiful bang, where the Steelers walked away with a win to help keep their dreams of the postseason alive.

In a torrential downpour that helped to perpetuate a sloppy game for the Steelers, particularly in the first half. It was a half of punts and fumbles (with a touchdown from Najee Harris mixed in there too to take a 7-0 lead), even if the Ravens did clap back quickly enough with one of their own from backup quarterback Tyler Huntley to backup tight end Isaiah Likely. More punts were traded with an eventual field goal from Chris Boswell, king clutch, to take the lead 17-7 on the fourth quarter.

The Ravens answered once more with a field goal from the man, the myth, the legend, Justin Tucker… but still, it was a game that fell in favor of the Burgh, regardless of how messy it may have been.

Through it all, it was Harris that continued to earn his flowers for stellar play, now with back to back games with 100+ rushing yards and a touchdown.

The biggest news coming out of this matchup was an injury to OLB T.J. Watt, who was ruled out with a knee injury suffered in some friendly fire on a tackle in the third quarter. Watt was credited with two sacks and three tackles for a loss before the injury, once again set up to lead the league for the third time in his career.

With the win, the Steelers will need some additional help to make their way into the playoffs:

  • Jaguars loss OR
  • Bills loss OR
  • Texans vs. Colts ends in a TIE

Do the Pittsburgh Steelers get the help they need? They’ll soon find out…