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Pittsburgh Steelers Snap Totals vs. Baltimore show failures on both offensive and defensive sides of the ball

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16, and a large reason why could be found in both the offensive and defensive snap totals following the game.

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Pittsburgh Steelers fans are still scratching their heads over the Week 16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, mostly wondering what went wrong which resulted in a 20-17 loss to their most bitter rivals. When looking at the snap totals from the game, there is a clear sign, and also the key to success against the prolific Pittsburgh offense, as to why both the Steelers offense and defense struggled in Baltimore last week.

Normally when looking at the snap totals following a game, there are plenty of conclusions which can be drawn. Players who get more snaps over another, formations which were used regularly and even specific personnel decisions which might have seen a player thrust into playing time when he typically didn't see as much time on the field.

After Week 16, the analysis is more broad than specific players, but more about the overall snap totals for the offense and defense.

Steelers Offense: 61 total snaps

Steelers Defense: 74 total snaps

Remember whenever the Steelers would play a Peyton Manning quarterbacked team? Everyone would say the same thing about their offense and how to defend it: Keep them off the field and they can't score. This is the exact philosophy the Ravens deployed on Sunday, and it worked.

From here there is a direct link to both the offense and defense failing to convert on third downs, as well as getting off the field on third downs defensively. The Ravens completed 50-percent of their third down conversions (9/18) while the Steelers only 20-percent (2/8). Percentages aside, the simple fact the Ravens had 10 more third down opportunities shows you exactly how the outcome of the game came to fruition.

The Steelers defense gave the Ravens the underneath completions, and Ryan Mallett and company took those plays all the way to a 20-17 victory. Most would chalk this poor performance up to an aboration by the Steelers, but if the team wants to make the playoffs they don't just need help from the Buffalo Bills, they need to address their own problems before playing the Cleveland Browns in Week 17 on the road.

See the complete list of Steelers Snap Totals below, courtesy of Pro-Football Reference:

(Editor's Note: Again, Jarvis Jones is listed as Jacoby Jones, despite Jacoby Jones being inactive in Week 16.)

Steelers Snap Counts

Off. Def. ST
Pos Num Pct Num Pct Num Pct
Ramon Foster G 61 100% 0 0% 3 12%
David DeCastro G 61 100% 0 0% 3 12%
Alejandro Villanueva T 61 100% 0 0% 3 12%
Marcus Gilbert T 61 100% 0 0% 2 8%
Cody Wallace C 61 100% 0 0% 0 0%
Ben Roethlisberger QB 61 100% 0 0% 0 0%
Heath Miller TE 60 98% 0 0% 0 0%
Antonio Brown WR 58 95% 0 0% 6 24%
DeAngelo Williams RB 56 92% 0 0% 0 0%
Martavis Bryant WR 49 80% 0 0% 0 0%
Markus Wheaton WR 41 67% 0 0% 5 20%
Darrius Heyward-Bey WR 10 16% 0 0% 13 52%
Matt Spaeth TE 9 15% 0 0% 9 36%
Jesse James TE 7 11% 0 0% 1 4%
Will Johnson FB 5 8% 0 0% 14 56%
Roosevelt Nix FB 5 8% 0 0% 11 44%
Chris Hubbard G 3 5% 0 0% 1 4%
Fitzgerald Toussaint RB 2 3% 0 0% 13 52%
William Gay CB 0 0% 74 99% 4 16%
Will Allen SS 0 0% 73 97% 7 28%
Stephon Tuitt DE 0 0% 70 93% 7 28%
Ryan Shazier LB 0 0% 67 89% 3 12%
Michael Mitchell FS 0 0% 65 87% 4 16%
Cameron Heyward DE 0 0% 64 85% 7 28%
Brandon Boykin CB 0 0% 61 81% 11 44%
Lawrence Timmons LB 0 0% 58 77% 4 16%
Antwon Blake CB 0 0% 41 55% 1 4%
Jacoby Jones LB 0 0% 40 53% 8 32%
Bud Dupree LB 0 0% 40 53% 7 28%
Arthur Moats LB 0 0% 35 47% 5 20%
James Harrison LB 0 0% 35 47% 3 12%
Ross Cockrell CB 0 0% 34 45% 0 0%
Robert Golden FS 0 0% 28 37% 18 72%
Steve McLendon NT 0 0% 16 21% 4 16%
Cam Thomas DE 0 0% 9 12% 0 0%
Sean Spence LB 0 0% 8 11% 13 52%
Daniel McCullers NT 0 0% 3 4% 0 0%
Shamarko Thomas SS 0 0% 2 3% 18 72%
Vince Williams LB 0 0% 1 1% 18 72%
Doran Grant CB 0 0% 1 1% 9 36%
Terence Garvin LB 0 0% 0 0% 18 72%
Chris Boswell K 0 0% 0 0% 7 28%
Jordan Berry P 0 0% 0 0% 6 24%
Greg Warren LS 0 0% 0 0% 6 24%
Doug Legursky C 0 0% 0 0% 3 12%