As expected, the Ravens-Steelers game was brutal and filled with high emotions. The Steelers were playing with an injured Ben Roethlisberger who previously broke his “planting” foot, severely limiting his ability to make the plays needed to seal a victory. The game started with Ravens #16 David Reed, who took off right out of the gate with ferocious intensity and set the tone for the rest of the game.
The Ravens’ defense was relentless and tough to move in the first half of the game. They were like a brick wall in the path of the Steelers. Todd Heap injured his hamstring and was removed from the game early in the first quarter. Michael Oher played with a bum knee, but played rather well, all things considered. Haloti Ngata sacked Roethlisberger with an arm-flying blow straight to the face, breaking the quarterback’s nose. Ngata did not receive a penalty flag from the refs. However, fines have been imposed on Ngata by the NFL in the amount of $15,000.
In true Steelers fashion, the black and gold swarmed the Ravens in the second half of the game, dominating their opponents. Roethlisberger played one of his best games of the season in the second half of the game. If he was hurting, no one saw any evidence of pain.
CBS Sports reports Roethlisberger as saying, “It hurt a lot,” he said regarding the pain from his foot injury, “but the broken nose took some of the pain away.” Maybe in some ways the hit from Ngata was a gift for Big Ben.
There were injuries everywhere for the Steelers, and bodies were dropping all over the field. Tight end Heath Miller left the game with a concussion courtesy of Jameel McClain in the third quarter. Flozell Adams left with an ankle sprain. McClain was later fined $40,000 by the NFL for the hit on Miller, which went unpenalized during the game.
Both teams played exceptionally well, but one played better. Isaac Redman won the game for the Steelers after Troy Polamalu sacked Ravens QB Joe Flacco. They managed to hold off the Ravens for the remaining two minutes and 51seconds of the game, thus sealing their title as the leader of the AFC North Division. The Steelers snatched the win away from Baltimore 13-10.
Love him or hate him, Roethlisberger played like a true champ in Sunday’s game. After a bumpy start, he recovered in the second half and showed Ravens town exactly who the Steelers are and what they’re about. The quarterback played with a broken foot and got his nose broken within the first few minutes, but continued to play through the remainder of the game. There was undoubtedly major discomfort and pain, but Roeth fought through it all to emerge at the other end of the game victorious. He also underwent surgery on Monday to fix his broken nose.
Brian DiTullio, “Steelers Vs. Ravens Sunday Night Football: Haloti Ngata Flattens Big Ben’s Nose” bleacherreport.com
Clark Judge, “Plenty of gain despite plenty of pain for Big Ben, Steelers” cbssports.com
ESPN, “Jameel McClain fined 40K for helmet hit” sports.espn.go.com