The latest Steelers-Ravens score developed the same as always. Naturally, the Steelers-Ravens score went down to the wire and was settled on one or two big plays. Since offense was on a short supply, defense was the order of the night. And although Pittsburgh’s defense couldn’t make one more play in their Week 4 loss to Baltimore, they had one up their sleeves this time. As such, the 13-10 score may have given Pittsburgh control of the AFC North again.
Ben Roethlisberger was banged up well before he got on the field due to his broken foot. But Baltimore found one more way to rough him up, giving him a broken nose right off the bat. Yet he stayed upright the entire game, although his effectiveness was limited in many ways.
The score barely moved, of course, with Baltimore only needing one touchdown to take the lead. In fact, Anquan Bolden’s late first quarter touchdown reception made for the only points of the first half.
Pittsburgh finally got on the board with an early third quarter field goal, yet Baltimore matched it right away. The Ravens then held the Steelers at the goal line early in the fourth, forcing them to kick another field goal. Yet, with just minutes left, Pittsburgh had no time to kick two more field goals.
With the score at 10-6 Baltimore, all the home team needed to do was get a few more first downs. Yet, when Joe Flacco tried to throw on second-and-five with minutes left, old foe Troy Polamalu came from behind and stripped the ball from him. The result left Pittsburgh at the Baltimore 9, although they failed to punch it in two straight times.
But with the game on the line, Roethlisberger finally made one big throw, connecting on a 9-yard pass to Issac Redman. At that point, it was pretty unlikely that Baltimore could march down for a long touchdown drive, and they could not.
With the win, Pittsburgh took back sole possession of the AFC North lead at 9-3. Of course, since Baltimore is 8-4, and two full games ahead for a wild card spot, they still appear safe for a playoff berth. Yet this game may have doomed them to the sixth seed in the postseason – although the road has been kind to them in January lately.
This may not be the last Steelers-Ravens showdown this year, if things break the right way. But unless Pittsburgh struggles with a manageable schedule, any rubber match would likely take place in the Steel City. First, the winners now move on to face 2-10 Cincinnati, while the losers get Houston on the road next Monday night.
Associated Press- “Steelers rally to beat Ravens 13-10”