There is no explanation for how the Pittsburgh Steelers have managed to rack up an eight-game winning streak this year. Each week they seem to be on the verge of defeat, only to grab on to victory in the final seconds. Tonight’s game against the Baltimore Ravens was no different. Games with these two teams are tense enough, but tonight is near the top of the list.
Pittsburgh was able to jump out to a 14-point lead and looked to be in control of the game. Ben Roethlisberger, who would throw for 506 yards tonight, threw a 20yd touchdown pass to Le’Veon Bell for the first score. Bell would then run for a 1yd touchdown for the second. Baltimore would cut that lead in half on a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Chris Moore.
The man who should be team MVP this year, Chris Boswell, kicked the first of his four field goals with 4:14 left in the second quarter. It would be from 52yds out, he would then kick a 43yd field goal with one second left in the half. The Ravens were able to score a touchdown between those field goals. The Steelers would lead the game 20-14 at the half.
The Ravens would do all the scoring in the third quarter. It started with a field goal from Justin Tucker. Baltimore then took the lead on a 1yd rushing touchdown from Javorius Allen. They would add on to that lead when Flacco found Patrick Ricard on a 6yd scoring pass. At the end of the quarter, Pittsburgh found themselves down 11.
Boswell would boot a 24yd field goal early in the fourth that cut the Ravens lead to 8. Roethlisberger would toss a 1yd TD pass to Roosevelt Nix to get the Steelers within 2, but the two-point conversion would be no good. Allen would rush for a 9yd touchdown run to put Baltimore up by 9 and basically put this game on ice.
Pittsburgh would fight back though. It started when Bell would run for a 11yd touchdown that cut the Ravens lead to just two. Mr. Clutch, Boswell, then booted a 46yd field goal to give the Steelers a one-point lead. Poor time management would give Baltimore a chance to earn a win. An injury would cost them their last timeout and a sack by T.J. Watt of Flacco would seal the division for Pittsburgh.
It was a win, but it may have been the ugliest in NFL history. Antonio Brown had 213yds on 11 receptions tonight, while Bell only had 48yds rushing on 13 attempts. The secondary was atrocious, and the front seven did a poor job tackling at times. Next week could be very ugly with the New England Patriots coming to town, but I guess we will have to see if the Steeles can do the impossible once again.
Overall Record: 11-2
Next Game: Sunday December 17 vs. New England Patriots 4:25pm CBS