Ravens Fall to Steelers After Failed Last Second Gamble

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Ravens Fall to Steelers After Failed Last Second Gamble

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Ravens Fall to Steelers After Failed Last Second Gamble

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The Baltimore Ravens traveled to the Steel City to take on the rival Pittsburgh Steelers and came out with a loss. 

The Ravens looked like they would score first after driving down the field when quarterback Lamar Jackson inadvertently threw off his back foot and was intercepted in the endzone by safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Ravens defense would hold and after the first quarter, the score would show zero to zero, something that had not happened after a first-quarter between these two teams in quite some time.

But it would indeed be Baltimore opening the scoring when running back Devonta Freeman rushed in for the score to give the Ravens a seven to nothing lead in the second quarter. 

The Steelers would respond with a 53-yard field goal by kicker Chris Boswell to get Pittsburgh on the board and cut the lead down to only four. The score would remain intact as the two rivals went into halftime in this low-scoring affair, something fans have become accustomed to between these teams. 

Coming out of halftime, the Ravens would add a 35-yard field goal from kicker Justin Tucker to extend their lead to seven. The two teams would battle it out and entered the fourth quarter with a score of 10 to three.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Steelers would finally find some life and score a touchdown of their own when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger connected with wide receiver Diontae Johnson for a 29-yard score. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Boswell would miss the extra point allowing Baltimore to keep their slim one-point lead. 

On the next drive for the Ravens, they would extend their lead with another Justin Tucker field goal; this time on a 28-yard score. With just under 12 minutes to go in the game, Baltimore held onto a slight lead with a score of 13 to 9.

The Ravens defense would hold and stop the Steelers’ drive down the field and only allowed a field goal by Pittsburgh. Boswell added another field goal to cut the lead down to only one with a score of 13 to 12. Despite the close lead, the Ravens’ offense couldn’t muster anything and ended up punting the ball back to the Pittsburgh offense with about six minutes left in the ballgame.

Baltimore would need to rely on their defense once again this season and for a second, it looked as if they would come up big again with an interception, but a pass interference call negated the turnover and kept the ball with the Steelers.

Pittsburgh marched down the field and got the score they needed, which gave them the lead with only a small amount of time remaining in the game. Roethlisberger found Diontae Johnson once again for the score. Pittsburgh would go for two to try and take a seven-point lead over Baltimore and were successful. 

The Ravens showed all season that there was no quit in this team and it showed on the final drive. Lamar Jackson drove down the field with clutch throws to find Sammy Watkins in the endzone.

However, the Ravens didn’t want to settle for potential overtime and decided to go for two. The decision was risky and cost the Ravens a chance to win the game. Baltimore drew up a perfect play call and had tight end Mark Andrews open for a score, but he couldn’t hang onto the ball and Baltimore would fall in the game. The final score showed 20 to 19 when the clock showed all zeros. 

Pittsburgh outscored the Ravens 17 to six in the fourth quarter to take down Baltimore. The Ravens record now sits at 8-4 and even with the loss, they still hold a small lead in the division. Baltimore will look to regroup next week when they travel to Cleveland for another divisional matchup with the Browns. 

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