Despite beating the Cincinnati Bengals last week on Monday Night Football, the Pittsburgh Steelers faced a virtual must-win game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field this afternoon. And for already the second time this season, they lost their starting quarterback, losing a nail-biter to their division rivals in overtime.
The Steelers fell to 1-4 on the season after the loss, and while they are just two games out of the division lead, by losing their first two quarterbacks just five games into the year, one would have to believe things look awfully bleak for this team going forward.
Mason Rudolph was injured in the third quarter, falling unresponsive after getting sandwiched between two Ravens defenders. The Steelers hung on for a valiant effort, but the Ravens were able to do enough to force overtime and eventually steal the victory.
The Ravens built a 10-0 first quarter lead on a 27 yard field goal by Justin Tucker and a rushing touchdown by Mark Ingram, but the Steelers responded with a 35 yard touchdown connection between Rudolph and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
After the Ravens extended the lead to 17-7, Pittsburgh responded with two field goals by Chris Boswell, one from 41 yards and one from 29 yards, cutting the lead to 17-13. A one yard touchdown run from James Conner made it 20-17 Steelers. The Ravens tied the game on a 26 yard field goal by Tucker, but the Steelers took the lead back on a 33 yarder by Boswell.
The Ravens had the two final drives of the game and they were able to come away with the victory. A field goal by Tucker from 48 yards forced overtime, and Baltimore won the coin toss and moved down the field far enough for Tucker to boot through a 46 yarder to end the game.
The horrible season continued for the Steelers this afternoon. They did battle against their division rivals, but considering the injuries, one would have to assume this is going to be a lost season.
Pittsburgh will head out west for a date with the Chargers next Sunday night at 8:20pm.