The Steelers win the toss and defer to the second half. The big story of the pregame was how windy and cold it was in Baltimore.
The Ravens come out passing and Flacco can’t hit anyone. Flacco dances around forever on 3rd down before Ziggy brings him down.
Arians must have been watching the Nevada-Boise St game because the Steelers come out in the Pistol offense. Gotta say, I’ve always been a fan of the Pistol Offense. Ben is able to convert a 3rd and 8 with a swing pass to Redman that he takes up the sideline to get us across midfield. The drive stalls out there when Ngata destroys Ramon Foster on 3rd down. Ngata hit Ben in the face and breaks his nose. No idea how that’s not a 15-yard penalty for a Blow to the Head. But whatever.
The Ravens offense does nothing, and then they attempt a fake punt but it gets blown dead on a false start call. Antonio Brown brings the punt back to the 45.
Ben takes a shot downfield on second down and barely overthrows Mike Wallace. Brown makes a nice catch on 3rd down but comes up just short of the sticks. Sepulveda pins them inside the 10.
The Steelers have the Ravens backed up to the goal line but on 3rd down Flacco goes deep and hits Boldin streaking downfield past Ryan Clark. Boldin takes it all the way to the 35 for a 61 yard gain. Vomit. The refs show early that they’re going to call a fair game, calling the Ravens for holding, but Flacco converts with a few out-routes to move inside the 20. On 2nd down, the Steelers only bring 3 and Flacco is able to roll out and hang in forever, flinging one to a wide open Boldin for 6.
Brown gets another catch on the WR screen and takes it up the sideline for the first down. Mendenhall grinds for 3, putting him over 1,000 on the season. On 3rd down, Ben scampers away from pressure and hits Manny Sanders open at the 2 for a big conversion.
The Ravens try an end-around but Woodley blows it up.
A check-down to Rice gets them back to 3rd and 8 but a corner blitz by Ike forces Flacco to throw early. Punt.
Ben gets rushed by Suggs on first down but is able to push him off and throw the ball away. Heck of an individual effort by Ben. Ben throws it out the back of the end zone on second down. On 3rd down, Ben hits ISAAC F***ING REDMAN on a slant route
Flacco goes back to Boldin, hitting him to get the ball across midfield as the clock ticks to 1:30. B-Mac gets called for another PI, giving the Ravens another first down. Flacco goes deep for Douche and B-Mac makes a great play to get a hand in and knock out the ball.
Rice catches a check-down to get inside the 35. Flacco hits some joke out of the backfield but he comes up just short of the sticks. Baltimore uses their last timeout with 37 ticks left and a 4th and 2 at the 36.
- What an effort by Ben Roethlisberger playing with a broken nose. How much can you say about him? Holy cow, what a warrior.
- He’s not going to get a lot of credit, but Ike Taylor played one hell of a game tonight. He might be a Top 5 cover corner in the league.
- We’re getting really thin at TE and OL with Heath and Flozell going down.
- Sepulveda has a torn ACL and is out for the year. Who brought the kryptonite in Baltimore?
- Big Ben is 6-0 against the Ravens since 2007.
- That was Big Ben’s 19th career 4th quarter comeback and 25th career Game-Winning Drive, his 5th Game-Winning Drive against the Ravens. [Source: Pro Football Reference]
- Isaac “Red Zone” Redman. What a play on the game-winning score. Great individual effort.
- I’ve been pretty outspoken about disliking the WR screen in the past, but if they’re going to throw it, I’d rather it go to Wallace. He actually has the speed to make some big plays out of it.
- The Pistol Formation was a good move by the coaching staff. Nice to see them mixing it up.
- Arians actually called a pretty good game. Still would like to have better plays inside the Red Zone rather than relying on individual efforts for scores, but we like to give credit where credit is due.
- Does Dick LeBeau know how to coach or what? The two corner blitzes he sent Ike on resulted in a sack and a rushed throw on 3rd down. Sending Troy off the corner was the difference in the game.
- Our O-line couldn’t block Suggs all game, but they stepped up when they needed to and got better as the game went on.
- Did Ed Reed even play tonight? He was a complete non-factor. Best safety in the league, eh Deion?
- Besides the one drive where we gave up 2 big plays to Boldin, the defense did a great job against the Ravens receivers. B-Mac got picked on but stepped up and made a big play when he had to.
- James Harrison is a freaking monster. Glad to see a few holding penalties finally get called, but there were also a few big ones that weren’t.
- People have ragged on our defense for giving up points in the 4th quarter, but guess what? This was the 6th time this year the Ravens D blew a 4th quarter lead.
- Under-rated play of the game: Ben drawing the Ravens offsides by rushing the team to the line on 4th and 2.
- Under-rated play of the game #2: Ben rolling away from an unblocked blitzer to find Sanders at the goal line to set up our second FG.