Eight of the last 10 matchups played between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers have been decided by three or fewer points. It’s now nine of 11 games as the Steelers edged the Ravens, 19-16 on Oct. 20 in Heinz Field Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Steelers veteran kicker Sean Suisham nailed a 40-yard field goal to push Pittsburgh ahead by three as the game clock expired.

The Ravens had hopes of stealing a comeback victory on the road after tying the game at 16 with less than two minutes left. Quarterback Joe Flacco tossed a short touchdown pass to Dallas Clark for the tie.

But the Steelers responded with a 60-plus-yard kickoff return that set up a short field for the Steelers. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger then made a couple of clutch passes to receiver Antonio Brown to get his team into game-winning field goal range.

The Ravens’ defense had problems stopping running back Le’ Veon Bell, who ran for 93 yards on 19 carries. Roethlisberger had a modest performance, completing 17 of 23 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller.

Flacco completed 24 of 34 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown. Ray Rice ran for only 45 yards on 15 carries.

The Ravens are now 3-4 overall on the season and fell below .500 seven weeks into the season for the first time in Ravens head coach John Harbaugh’s six-year tenure. They’ll be on a bye-week next Sunday before facing the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 3 in Cleveland, Ohio.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor