Ravens 23, Steelers 20, OT
A win is a win is a win. It was blood and guts and butt ugly—and we wouldn’t have it any other way. One of the greatest wins in team history and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
After watching the Ravens refuse to die after putting themselves in a grave for the fourth straight week, I believe there’s a good chance ten weeks from now we’ll have 8-9 wins and we’ll be reminiscing about the 0-3 start like it happened twenty years ago.
With the Browns and 49ers up next, the Ravens have an excellent chance to square themselves up at 3-3. This is the NFL. There can be no letdown. The Ravens bristled at the idea they they are throwing in the towel. Just read the latest from Kevin Byrne.
As Thursday night approached Friday morning, it looked like another winnable game and another collapse. When Joe Flacco was sacked in Pittsburgh territory with his team trailing 20-17 and a little over two minutes remaining, the game was over.
Jim Nantz gave the Ravens nation a purple bead of hope, pointing out that there were still 4 seconds before the two-minute warning—they could get the ball back with enough time.
The Steelers Josh Scobee took care of the rest—missing a field goal that could have extended the lead. With Steve Smith Sr. injured, Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett returned to drive the team into field goal range for the tie at the end of regulation.
It still looked bleak as the Steelers marched into field goal range twice. Each time Pittsburgh went for it on 4th down and were stuffed by the Ravens. Will Hill and Jimmy Smith made great plays to give the Ravens offense another chance.
One thing that will never end up in the box score was the overtime play of Kapron Lewis-Moore on the defensive line. The 3rd year defensive end from Notre Dame, sidelined with injuries his first two seasons, blasted the Steelers line back into the backfield. On the first 4th down play, his surge widened Vick’s angle to the edge, giving defenders time to turn the quarterback into the defense. His second rush helped force Vick to rush his throw and put too much on it.
In the first half, the Ravens were driving with a 7-3 lead. Joe Flacco threw an ill-timed “no-look” interception that changed the complexion of the game and the Ravens didn’t recover until the 4th quarter. Joe fumbled a snap and gave the ball to Pittsburgh at the start of the third quarter when it bounced off his knee into Ross Cockrell’s hands. It looked as though Joe had James Harrison and Lawrence Timmons in his head. He was sacked five times and had little time to throw.
But Joe is resilient and he dusted himself off and did enough to win the game.
“It was a gritty performance,” said Justin Forsett whose 152 yards on 27 carries led the Ravens to victory. “We kept chopping. We kept working. We have to run the football.”
I wish we could blow somebody out once in a while.
What I loved the most about this game? The team never quit on themselves—they scuffled, scratched and gouged their way to a win.
“We looked at ourselves in the mirror,” said Forsett. “See what you can do to get better.”