Coming into the game, the Baltimore Ravens needed a win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive as they hosted the rival Pittsbirgh Steelers and came out with a loss. It would be the sixth striaght loss and send Baltimore into the offseason on a low note.
On the opening series, the defense stopped Pittsburgh, but the offense couldn’t do the same. On a bad snap, quarterback Tyler Huntley couldn’t handle the ball and Pittsburgh recovered the turnover in good field position. The Steelers would jump on the scoreboard first with a 23-yard field goal from kicker Chris Boswell. On the next Ravens drive, Huntley threw an interception giving the ball back to Pittsburgh. However, on the next Pittsburgh possession quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tried to take a shot down field, and it was intercepted by the Baltimore defense, giving the ball back to the Ravens offense.
The Ravens would attempt a fake punt attempt around mid-field and could not covert, giving the ball back to the Steelers. This time the Ravens defense would hold serve, giving the offense another chance to either tie the game or take the lead. Once again, the Ravens offense couldn’t muster any movement and had to punt the ball back to the Steelers. Under Huntley, the Ravens have fought tough in most games, but the offense has not been the same as it once was under normal starter Lamar Jackson. The two teams would trade three and outs until the Ravens found some momentum and drove down the field. A dropped pass by wide receiver Marquise Brown on second and goal would kill the drive as the Ravens would be forced to kick a field goal to tie the game at three going into halftime.
Coming out of the half with both teams needing a win to potentially keep their playoff dreams alive, the Ravens would get the ball first. This time the Ravens would break through as running back Latavius Murray broke through for a 46-yard rush for a touchdown. This run would give Baltimore a 10 to three lead early in the third quarter. The Ravens defense couldn’t replicate what the offense did, as they allowed Pittsburgh to go down the field and score a field goal to cut the lead down to 10 to six. The Ravens offense would again stall in the next possession, giving the ball back to the Steelers offense.
The Ravens would drive down the field and get close to the goal line, but Huntley would throw another interception. This one in the back of the endzone and watching the play, you could question whether the team should have just run the ball as it had been working well on the drive. Once again, the Ravens would need their defense to step up in a big situation if they wanted to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Ravens defense would hold but the offense couldn’t move the ball. The offensive struggles for the Ravens continued as they would need to punt the ball back again.
The Baltimore defense would need to hold their own again in order to get the ball back to the offense. The defense would allow the Steelers to get down the field and take the lead. The defense had chances on a few different third downs but ultimately couldn’t get off the field. Roethlisberger connected with wide receiver Chase Claypool with a small amount of time left in the game. The Ravens would go down the field and tie the game on another Justin Tucker field goal. The game would go to overtime as both teams were fighting for a potential playoff spot.
On the opening possession, the Ravens couldn’t move the ball much and were forced to give the ball back to Pittsburgh. The Steelers converted on a few third downs to put them into a good spot. The Steelers would win the game in overtime, ending the Ravens season.
This was a tough game for the Ravens as their record falls to 8-9. After a strong start to the season, Baltimore and their injuries finally caught up to them in the end. They will go into the offseason hopeful that Lamar Jackson and company can come back stronger next year.