In a rainy and muddy M&T Bank Stadium, the Pittsburgh Steelers outlasted the Baltimore Ravens to move to 7-0 on the season.
Pittsburgh started the game off fast, as linebacker Robert Spillane jumped in front of a Lamar Jackson pass and took it back for a touchdown on the game’s first possession. That would be as good as the first half got for Pittsburgh though.
After that, the Ravens responded with a 9-play, 75 yard touchdown drive to even the game. The drive should have ended earlier, but a Minkah Fitzpatrick unnecessary roughness penalty extended the drive. The Ravens capitalized off the mistake when Jackson found Miles Boykin in the back of the end-zone.
The Ravens added another touchdown later in the first half when Gus Edwards pounded in a one yard run to give Baltimore a 14-7 lead.
The Ravens were able to dominate the first half through their run game. The Ravens finished the day with 265 yards, while rookie J.K. Dobbins helped the cause by pitching in 113 yards.
The Steelers were able to avoid a huge halftime deficit because of some Raven mistakes, but still were trailing by 10.
Pittsburgh’s halftime adjustments pushed them to victory over their rivals. After their drive stalled to start the second half, the defense once again stepped up. Rookie Alex Highsmith picked off Lamar Jackson on the Ravens 23 yard line to give Roethlisberger and the Steelers great field position.
Roethlisberger and company quickly capitalized when Big Ben found Eric Ebron unguarded on a crossing route which cut the deficit to three. After a quick defensive stop, Roethlisberger and the Steelers marched down the field on the Ravens utilizing a five wide receiver set which lasted over six minutes. The long drive was capped off with a James Conner one yard run to give the Steelers a 21-17 lead.
The Ravens were not going to go down easy though, as Jackson led his team down the field and retook the lead early in the fourth quarter when Marquise “Hollywood” Brown pulled in a three yard touchdown reception.
Pittsburgh answered right away, as Roethlisberger once again utilized his five wide receiver formation and marched the Steelers down the field. The drive ended when Big Ben found rookie Chase Claypool to put the Steelers up by four: 28-24.
Then, Steelers defense proved why they are one of the best in the league. Jackson and company drove all the way down the field, but on a fourth down in the Steelers red-zone, the defense stepped up. They forced a Lamar Jackson fumble which was recovered by Spillane with 1:54 left to go.
However, it would not be a Steelers Ravens game without it coming down to the last second. After forcing Pittsburgh to punt, Lamar Jackson once again got his team in position to win the game when he connected on a 32 yard pass with Willie Snead to put the Ravens on the Pittsburgh 23 with eight seconds to go. After a quick incompletion, Jackson took a shot to the end-zone, once again targeting Snead, but Steelers defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick stepped in front of the pass and knocked the ball away which kept the Steelers undefeated.
The Steelers now move to 7-0, while the Ravens fall to 5-2. These teams will meet again on Thanksgiving when Baltimore travels to Pittsburgh.
Next week, the Steelers take on the Cowboys in Dallas at 4:25 p.m.
The Ravens will also be on the road next week, as they travel to take on the Indianapolis Colts at 1:00 p.m.