(BALTIMORE) — Justin Tucker kicked a career-high five field goals, and Baltimore stopped Pittsburgh’s game-tying two point conversion with 1:03 left in the game, as the Ravens stuff the Steelers 22-20 Thursday night.
The Ravens jumped to an early 7-0 lead when quarterback Joe Flacco found Torrey Smith for a seven-yard touchdown in the first quarter. The Ravens would kick two field goals before the Steelers would score their first points in the third quarter when Ben Roethlisberger hooked up with Emmanuel Sanders for an eight-yard score.
On the following kickoff, Ravens returner Jacoby Jones returned the ball 73 yards, but many thought he could have gone further. As Jones darted down the field he almost ran into an unlikely person, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
I always watch the returns on the jumbotron.” said Tomlin who had his back to Jones when the incident almost occurred. “It provides a better perspective for me. I lost my placement as he broke free. I saw it at the last second and saw how close I was to the field of play.”
That play almost had a big impact on the game. With 5:37 left and the the Steelers trailing 22-14, Roethlisberger led Pittsburgh on an 80-yard drive that finished with Big Ben finding Jerricho Cotchery for a one-yard touchdown. Now down two, the Steelers went for two but the ball slipped between Sanders hands pretty much securing the victory for Baltimore.
The win means the Ravens (6-6) take over possession of the final Wild Card spot in the AFC.
Meanwhile Pittsburgh (5-7) is now three games behind the AFC North leader Cincinnati in the loss column.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN