NFL Game Summary - Baltimore at Pittsburgh|
(Sunday, October 3rd)
Final Score: Baltimore 17, Pittsburgh 14
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Joe Flacco moved the offense 40 yards in 23
seconds and hit T.J. Houshmandzadeh at the back of the end zone for an 18-yard
touchdown with 32 seconds to play, as Baltimore handed the Steelers their
first loss of the season in dramatic fashion, 17-14, in the latest installment
of this fierce rivalry from Heinz Field.
Joe Flacco went 4-for-4 on the drive and made his lone touchdown pass count in
answering a go-ahead Pittsburgh score earlier in the fourth. He ended 24-of-37
for 256 yards.
Willis McGahee ran for the other score, picking up 39 yards on 14 carries for
a hobbled Ray Rice (knee) as the Ravens (3-1) made it two straight victories
against division members since losing to Cincinnati in Week 2. Baltimore
topped Cleveland last week, 24-17.
Rashard Mendenhall scored both Steeler touchdowns and picked up 79 tough yards
on 25 carries while Charlie Batch led a 93-yard scoring drive in the fourth
quarter and ended 12-of-21 for 141 yards.
The Steelers (3-1) were seeking their first 4-0 start since 1979.
"This one hurts a little more, divisional game. Seems like everything fell
into place. We had the opportunity to take control of this division," said
Steelers receiver Hines Ward. "The way it ended, it hurts all the guys."
Batch, filling in at quarterback for presumably the final time with Ben
Roethlisberger's four-game suspension ending Monday, took Pittsburgh
93 yards for the go-ahead score on its initial touch of the fourth quarter.
The Steelers were trailing 10-7 before shaving nearly seven minutes
off the clock with the 13-play excursion. Batch was clutch with two third-down
completions to Heath Miller and Antwaan Randle El to keep the chains moving
deep into Ravens territory.
Mendenhall ran the ball three times in four plays inside the 26-yard line and
scored on a seven-yard sprint to the right pylon with 7:14 to play for a 14-10
Baltimore came right back with a drive that yielded a fresh set of downs
inside the 10-yard line, but the Steelers' defense tightened and forced Flacco
into three incompletions while stuffing Rice on second down for a turnover on
downs with 2:40 to go.
Pittsburgh had to punt it back to the visitors with 55 seconds remaining and
Flacco cooly moved the offense with precision on a pair of short passes to
Anquan Boldin and a 10-yard strike to Houshmandzadeh.
Flacco went again to Houshmandzadeh, who got behind the defense to haul in the
score while streaking toward the back of the end zone, leaving Pittsburgh with
just 28 seconds to answer.
Ray Lewis sealed the outcome with a pick of Batch on the ensuing play, and
Flacco kneeled to kill the clock for a big Baltimore win.
"We put together two great drives at the end of the game. We were fortunate to
get the ball back [for] the last one just because of our defense," Flacco
said. "But I felt like we got in a little groove. Started off with a nice easy
completion and just got it going from there."
The Ravens' defense didn't force a turnover until the final seconds but
surrendered just 210 yards after entering the game giving up the fewest yards
in the league (244.3 ypg).
Baltimore held Pittsburgh off the scoreboard on two third-quarter stands
following turnovers inside their own 33. Jeff Reed missed on field goals both
times in the scoreless frame.
Mendenhall got Pittsburgh on the board with two minutes left in the first
quarter, bowling his way across the goal line for a one-yard score after Batch
hit Randle El for a 34-yard completion at the one.
The seven-play, 64-yard drive stood up as the only score until Baltimore put
together a solid 83-yard trek that ended on a bruising nine-yard TD run by
McGahee less than two minutes into the second quarter.
A pair of punts put the Ravens back on the move for the final drive of the
first half. A lengthy 14-play series got the ball to the Pittsburgh five-yard
line with 25 seconds to go, but an offensive holding call set them back and
three incompletions led to Billy Cundiff's 33-yard field goal and a 10-7 game
at the half.
Derrick Mason hauled in six passes for 80 yards, Boldin caught seven balls for
68 yards and Houshmandzadeh totaled 49 yards on three receptions...Pittsburgh
had forced an NFL-best 10 turnovers through the first three weeks...The
Steelers lost for the first time at home against Baltimore under head coach
Mike Tomlin (4-1)...Last year's home-and-home set resulted in a split.
10/03 19:06:15 ET