The Steelers and Ravens, one of the best rivalries in the NFL, supplied fairly an entertaining contest on Sunday night time, with factors galore and late rally by Pittsburgh. With the 39-38 win, the Steelers clinched the AFC North and develop into the primary workforce within the AFC to punch its ticket to the playoffs.
The Steelers honored Ryan Shazier, who underwent spinal stabilization surgical procedure earlier within the week, earlier than the sport.
Listed here are the related highlights from ‘Sunday Night time Soccer.’.
Steelers 39, Ravens 38: The clock ran out on the Ravens’ comeback try when Joe Flacco fumbled out of bounds with just eight seconds remaining.
Steelers 39, Ravens 38: Pittsburgh scored 10 unanswered factors, re-taking the lead with a 46-yard discipline purpose by Chris Boswell with 46 seconds remaining. The important thing play on the drive was this 30-yard go to Antonio Brown with 1:08 remaining.
That gave Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger 506 passing yards on the night time, his third profession sport with 500 or extra yards. He additionally set profession highs in completions (44) and makes an attempt (66).
Ravens 38, Steelers 36: The Steelers took their candy time getting down the sphere, however it ended of their second landing this quarter, courtesy of Le’Veon Bell once more:
Ravens 38, Steelers 29: One other head-scratching PI name obtained the Ravens into the crimson zone:
Then (who else) Alex Collins obtained them to the purpose line, after which (who else) Buck Allen completed off the landing drive.
Ravens 31, Steelers 29: Antonio Brown obtained the Steelers into the crimson zone with this very Antonio Brown play:
Roosevelt Nix — one other fullback landing! — made a fantastic thing about a bodyslam catch.
The Steelers went for 2 and didn’t get it, however one other PI name gave them one other likelihood. The Baltimore D stood Le’Veon Bell up like a jerk on promenade night time and the Ravens preserve the lead.
Ravens 31, Steelers 23: The Steelers’ no good, very dangerous third quarter is over. Now it’s time to attain once more, which they did with a discipline purpose.
On the road (apart from an opportunity to clinch the division) is that this unreal streak:
Simply introduced on Westwood One: Steelers are 215-Zero-2 at residence when main by 14 at any level of the sport.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 11, 2017
Third quarter: Ravens 31, Steelers 20
Ravens 31, Steelers 20: Two huge penalties on the Steelers, together with an iffy PI name on Artie Burns, obtained the Ravens into the crimson zone:
And hey there, it’s a fullback landing! Patrick Ricard caught a brief go from Joe Flacco for his second landing of the 12 months.
Ravens 24, Steelers 20: This has been a 3rd quarter to overlook for Pittsburgh:
Since scoring on their first four possessions, #Steelers have run 11 performs, gained 21 yards, and punt three occasions.
— Lorenzo Reyes (@LorenzoGReyes) December 11, 2017
Ravens 24, Steelers 20: Joe Flacco has discovered a rhythm and Alex Collins remains to be at it, getting the Ravens to the 1-yard line with a 17-yard run. Buck Allen punched it in to offer Baltimore its first lead of the sport.
Steelers 20, Ravens 17: A large-open Mike Wallace obtained the Ravens into scoring place, although to be truthful, Justin Tucker’s vary is, like, 75 p.c of the sphere.
So yeah, shock, Tucker’s 47-yarder was excellent. This pun, nevertheless? Much less so:
Steelers 20, Ravens 14: The Weasley twins are at the game:
And for the primary time all sport, the Steelers punted. Coincidence, or a prank courtesy of the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes?
Second quarter: Steelers 20, Ravens 14
Steelers 20, Ravens 14: Excellent news: Le’Veon Bell returned on this drive. The Steelers have been in a position to transfer the ball — the largest play got here on third-and-15 with 33 seconds left, when Ben Roethlisberger discovered Eli Rogers for a primary down.
However they couldn’t get into the tip zone earlier than the clock was about to expire, so that they settled for a discipline purpose.
Steelers 17, Ravens 14: Oops, the Steelers forgot to deal with Alex Collins, so a 5-ish-yard achieve changed into a 30-yard achieve.
And double oops, it occurred once more, this time for a landing:
Steelers 17, Ravens 7: Oh no, Le’Veon Bell took a nasty hit and was being looked at on the sidelines.
He didn’t return on that drive, however Chris Boswell’s 52-yard discipline purpose put the Steelers again up by double digits.
Steelers 14, Ravens 7: The Ravens are on the board now with a nine-play drive that ended with Joe Flacco hitting Chris Moore with a 30-yard landing.
Moore celebrated with, what we will solely assume, is an homage to GLOW:
Steelers 14, Ravens Zero: As soon as once more, it’s Le’Veon Bell who finds the tip zone — this time a dashing TD. It’s previous hat for Bell by now:
Le’Veon Bell now has four profession video games with a dashing TD & receiving TD, tied for many by any participant since getting into the league in 2013 #BALvsPIT
— NFL Analysis (@NFLResearch) December 11, 2017
The Steelers have been aided, partly, by a questionable go interference name on the play earlier than:
That is clear. That could be a clear assault on the ball.
— Baltimore Beatdown (@BMoreBeatdown) December 11, 2017
JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is serving a one-game suspension for his hit against Vontaze Burfict last week, is within the zone as he’s watching from residence:
First quarter: Steelers 7, Ravens Zero
Steelers 7, Ravens Zero: The interception paid off for the Steelers, who went 59 yards on a landing drive. Ben Roethlisberger linked with Le’Veon Bell, who took it 20 yards for the primary factors of the sport.
Steelers Zero, Ravens Zero: On the opening kickoff, Roosevelt Nix paid tribute to Ryan Shazier after making the deal with:
Baltimore moved the ball properly, however the drive ended when Joe Flacco threw a choose to Sean Davis.
Earlier than the sport
This week’s Sunday Night time Soccer matchup is an AFC North grudge match, with the Pittsburgh Steelers taking over the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Subject. Pittsburgh will look to complete a season sweep of Baltimore and might clinch the division title with a win. The sport kicks at eight:30 p.m. ET on NBC (stay streams at NBC Sports and FuboTV).
Pittsburgh improved to 10-2 after an unpleasant, violent sport in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals final week, which changed into a warfare of attrition by the tip. The Steelers’ greatest loss was star linebacker Ryan Shazier, who’s out with a spinal damage that required surgical procedure. They’ll even be with out JuJu Smith-Schuster, who obtained suspended one sport for an inexpensive shot on Vontaze Burfict.
But regardless of these setbacks, the Steelers nonetheless have a potent offense and powerful protection, with Antonio Brown persevering with to mild up the scoreboard. He entered Week 14 main the league in receptions (88), yards (1,296), and touchdowns (9). The Ravens will probably be hard-pressed to sluggish him down, particularly after dropping prime cornerback Jimmy Smith to a torn Achilles.
Baltimore is 7-5 and within the driver’s seat for a wild card spot, regardless of a poor offense and legitimately dangerous play from Joe Flacco. When these groups final met in Week four, the Steelers dealt with them fairly simply in a 26-9 win, with Le’Veon Bell scoring two touchdowns and racking up 144 yards on the bottom.
The Ravens nonetheless haven’t overwhelmed a workforce with a profitable file this season, dropping video games to the Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, and Tennessee Titans. However their schedule will get fairly pleasant after this week, with video games in opposition to the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, and Bengals to shut out the common season. So even when the Ravens get swept by the Steelers and lose the AFC North race, they’re nonetheless well-positioned to earn a playoff spot — for higher or worse.
The Ravens examine extra intently to the 2015 Broncos. Wonderful protection — nonetheless inferior to these Broncos — and an offense that simply will get it accomplished. That worries me. In case you look again a few years, there hasn’t been a Tremendous Bowl offense with such a poor offensive yards per play (simply four.5 yards for the Ravens). Even the 2015 Broncos have been center of the street in offensive yards per play.
If the Ravens can’t transfer the ball at New England, Tom Brady will discover a solution to rating. Identical goes in opposition to the Steelers, who the Ravens misplaced to in Week four. Their rematch this weekend will inform me lots about their prospects for a deep playoff run.
After Smith-Schuster de-cleated Burfict, he stood over No. 55 lengthy sufficient to attract a penalty. If there was one participant on the Steelers’ offense who wouldn’t be dashing over to get Smith-Schuster off of Burfict, you’d suppose it could be David DeCastro. DeCastro has been open about his disdain for Burfict, and the 2 have had their share of run-ins all through their time assembly up on the gridiron. Nevertheless, it was DeCastro who was attempting to get Smith-Schuster away from Burfict, prone to keep away from a penalty for the Steelers attempting to win a sport. DeCastro is a type of leaders who may not say a lot, however leads by instance.
Munchak has every little thing an proprietor would need in a head coach. He was a Corridor of Fame participant, has head teaching expertise, is loyal to a franchise and has accomplished an incredible job turning the Steelers’ offensive line into among the finest models in all of soccer.
Somebody inform me why Munchak shouldn’t be getting some interviews? The one motive I can fathom for him not being thought-about for a few of these potential openings could be if he merely doesn’t wish to be a head coach anymore.
- The final time the Ravens obtained swept by the Steelers was in 2008.
So right here we’re, with the Ravens hoping to keep away from a season sweep in Pittsburgh on Sunday night time soccer. Either side are mainly locked in to the playoffs, with Pittsburgh anticipated to win the division and Baltimore nearly assured of a wild card spot. Nonetheless, the outcome will affect postseason seeding at a minimal.
Can the Ravens preserve tempo with the Steelers explosive offense? Most likely not, they are going to possible must depend on their opportunistic protection and superior particular groups to make affect performs. Regardless of the result, the sport will produce some memorable moments. Buckle up for one more installment of the best rivalry in skilled soccer.