Ravens edge Steelers in memorable meeting of rivals

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In a compelling and somewhat odd new chapter in one of the NFL’s top rivalries, the Ravens held off the Steelers 22-20 in Baltimore on Thursday night.

The win improves the Ravens to 6-6. At the moment, they hold the No. 6 seed in the AFC, pending the results of Sunday’s games.

The Steelers, who had a chance to sweep the season series with Baltimore, fell to 5-7.

The Steelers narrowed the Ravens’ lead to two points with a little more than a minute left in regulation on a one-yard Ben Roethlisberger TD pass to Jerricho Cotchery on fourth down. However, the Steelers’ two-point conversion could not be hauled in by Emmanuel Sanders.

The Steelers appeared to have scored two plays earlier when rookie running back Le’Veon Bell powered into the endzone from one yard out. However, Bell’s helmet was knocked off as he crossed the goal line on a wickedly physical play. Bell would leave the game and did not return; according to NBC’s Michelle Tafoya, Bell was being evaluated for a possible concussion.

Ultimately, the game may best be remembered for a long Jacoby Jones third-quarter kickoff return that may have been affected by Steelers coach Mike Tomlin standing just inside the field of play.

As Jones streaked down the Steelers’ sideline, Tomlin jumped out of his path and back onto the sideline. Jones, who cut inside, was tackled by the Steelers’ Cortez Allen after a 73-yard gain. The Ravens’ ensuing drive ended in a field goal.

“I don’t know if he knew I was there or what, but I’m like, ‘Is he going to move?’ ” Jones told Tafoya after the game. The returner added: “ . . . I still shouldn’t have got caught.”

After a first-quarter Torrey Smith TD catch, the Ravens feasted on a diet of Justin Tucker field goals. He knocked home all five attempts for Baltimore, which never trailed.

Both quarterbacks played well, with Roethlisberger throwing for 257 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Baltimore’s Joe Flacco throwing for 251 yards and a score.

In defeat, the Steelers lost Bell, starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum, defensive end Brett Keisel, center Fernando Velasco and reserve tackle Mike Adams to injuries. Adams replaced Beachum, with Guy Whimper then having to replace Adams. Cody Wallace stepped in at center for Velasco on the Steelers’ final offensive snaps.

69 responses to “Ravens edge Steelers in memorable meeting of rivals

  1. This is a crusade against our honor, our pride, our prestige, our legacy. We will prevail!

    Unbelievable how we always have to beat our opponents AND the league. Still, it must be done. It’s God’s will.

    Here we go Steelers. 9-7. Super Bowl.

  2. Good game ravens, as usual. I guess it’s now playoff mentality for the steelers – lose and you’re out.

  3. Hmmm… where is ‘steelersaregodsteam’ now? He looooooves trolling and posting his love for the Steelers on every article regardless of it’s relevance to the Steelers. Now in defeat, nowhere to be found. But I will re post his last message on a Bengals-Chargers Blackout article so everyone can laugh it :

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    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Nov 28, 2013 5:07 PM
    The Steelers’ greatness is well-documented. No one has accomplished what we have since the birth of the Super Bowl era. We have just been blessed to have some of the best men on the planet, not just football, leading our franchise.

    This is a first-class organization. Go down the list: we have the best players, ownership, front office, coaching staff, training facilities, trainers, PR reps, stadium, stadium security, waters boys, on and on.

    Notice how when another franchise tried to emulate our approach, they fail entirely. We are truly one of a kind and that’s because we are the very best in the business. We really seem to be from a different breed. It is almost as if Steelers are born into their role, that they find their way here by fate.

    Tonight is just another practice for us, a practice along The March® towards the ultimate goal: 7 rings. The 10-2 run continues, The March® continues. No one believed us, but now you will be forced to submit to our prestige.

    So, here we go Steelers; here we go. Let us continue our Stroll towards the pinnacle.

    Glory, glory steelelujah

  4. Congrats to the Ravens. I don’t care if one team is 6-6 and the other is 5-7 – – it’s still the best rivalry in professional football.

    I also don’t think any of the teams that were 5-6 will end up being 10-6 – – there is going to be a 9-7 team in the playoffs for the AFC.

  5. I still can’t believe that Baltimore (Colts) got a team before Jacksonville. It seems like B’more has finally learned to hold on to a NFL team; Luckily for the surprising success as of late.

    #bringbacktagliabueascommish

  6. Well even though my team lost tonight, I was proud to see them fighting hard and doing all they could to win this tough road game. Now it’s one game at a time. Steelers fans, we have been in this position before in 2009, but I have a feeling this year can be a historic moment. Baltimore’s schedule is still tough. So let’s see how things play out going forward my fellow Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans.

  7. Sad to see classy owners, great organization and a great rivalry game tarnished by a classless coach. Spit on the integrity of the game. Despicable.

  8. Crown??? Come out come out from wherever you are…..maybe behind Tomlin’s fat foot…..

    Regardless however- great win for our biys but if we want to get rolling here on forward, gotta do more than get into a FG war.

  9. What kills me is the NFL doesn’t let refs interpret the spirit of a rule over the letter of it. The loss of helmet rule was made to protect ball carriers, not bail out defenses. Steelers ended up losing time & a timeout. Maybe they wouldn’t have needed the onside kick. Which was the worst ever, btw…

  10. Haha.

    “Both quarterbacks played well”

    Roethlisberger had all day to throw every play and missed several open receivers in the first half.

    Flacco was dodging defenders and throwing some ridiculous throws. He even had a callback to that Super Bowl play when he sprinted full speed to the sideline and threw a 40 yard bulletpass right before going out of bounds. Too bad Torrey Smith dropped it.

    That’s just crap, I’m sorry. Played “well.”

    You have given Flacco so much crap this year without considering that his offensive line is graded worst in the league and that his running game is the worst in NFL history. Or that his offense doesn’t have a real offensive “system” this year. (Though, in your defense, you’d have to actually watch the games to know)

    All people can say is 120 million. But nobody brings that up for Ryan, who has played much worse than Flacco since losing Julio Jones. Despite Ryan getting paid more, and NOT throwing 18 touchdowns and only two interceptions in the playoffs the last three years.

    But yeah I’m sure the guy who has both the second-best playoffs in NFL history and the second-best three year span in the playoffs after only 5 years in the NFL totally sucks now and it has nothing to do with his surrounding cast. (It totally did for Brady) Wait, or did he suck all along? Hey guys, if you think a sucky or mediocre quarterback can throw 18 touchdowns and 2 picks in three years in mostly road games in this league, then you should stop watching because that would be one sucky league.

    Flacco has had the higher QBR in 6 of his 10 games against Roethlisberger now.

  11. The Steelers are done. Out of the playoffs for a second straight year.

    As for the Ravens, the playoffs aren’t guaranteed, but they can still get the wild card if not win the AFC North outright.

    Should be an interesting last week of football.

  12. I love my Steelers and am still a Steeler fan (er, Stiller fan *cough*) but games from here on out are going to have the intensity of a preseason game for me.

    Congrats to the Ravens, all the Ravens fans can gloat that they pretty much ended the Steelers’ season last night.

    I’m sure there are a ton of folks out there saying “I told you so!” about sending Manny to the Patriots for a 3rd in the offseason…

    The game started at 3AM local time for me, and I was tired (and sick with a wicked head cold) so I went to bed. I have to take it as a good thing that I didn’t stay up to watch the game, pretty sure my wife would have kicked me out of the house by 3:30!

  13. I am going to write down yesterday’s date so that the next time some Steeler fan whines about officiating, I can recall this game. From calling back Jones’ touchdown, to Ike Taylor’s constant holding, to no calls for holding in the offensive line, to Tomlin forcing Jones to cut back on the kickoff return and to the tinkering with the clock at the end of the game the officiating all went Pittsburgh’s way. And, they still lost. Once they held Suggs’ facemask until the ball was released and nothing was called.

  14. Once again a great game. Congrats to the ravens on a hard fought victory.Good luck the rest of the way.

  15. There is only one wildcard berth really accessible to the bottom 11 of the AFC. And I’m not buying that a seven loss team is getting it. Steelers now in 11th. Too many teams to leapfrog in December.

    Where is steelersaregodsteam?

  16. Bmore needs to play well during the stretch, this could be a dangerous team heading into the playoffs. I bet the other AFC are watching them closely. Go Ravens!!!

  17. Le’Veon Bell is being “…evaluated for possible concussion.”? Hard to imagine he doesn’t have a little brain damage after that hit.

  18. just another war on the field that turned out as it should have a split and a game decided by 3 or less….

  19. another classic game in a classic rivalry. hats off to the steelers for a great comeback that fell a bit short. hopefully the ravens can keep the momentum going and start another playoff run. who knows….perhaps there will be ravens steelers 3 in january

  20. I honestly have nothing against the Steelers. However, I couldn’t help root against them last night as I knew it would shut down the stupidity from the hopped up Steeler fans who live in fantasy land and post nonsense on here. Either that or the black Friday rush has severely slowed down the line at the pharmacy and subsequently impeded the necessary meds.

  21. Best game of the day. Hard fought by both teams. The offense still shaky but considering it was against the Steelers they did enough to get JT into field goal range. Too many offsides penalties by the offense especially Oher. Nice to see Stokely make some plays in the slot and not rely on Doss doing the same. The defense started to slow down towards the end of the game like they have been lately but overall an important win by the Ravens.

  22. How is a coach able to stand on the field during a play and not get flagged? Did someone not get the memo that the Steelers were supposed to win?
    The officiating is about as bad this year as when they tried to use clowns last year during the strike.

  23. To all the haters:

    There have been minor adjustments to the Prophecy because of league intervention (once again). The March® continues. The Steelers are about to win-out and make the playoffs at 9-7, where we will run through the competition, as expected. Nothing changes with the Prophecy itself, just the number.

  24. From a physical standpoint, the Ravens totally dominated Pittsburgh, to the point of dirty, but they dominated. I was glad to see our O-Line stand up to the likes of Canty and Ngata when they were getting their dirty hits in.

    Just like Ray Rice stood up for himself against Ryan Clark when he was running his mouth.

    I’m a Steelers fan, through and through. This is hands down the best rivalry in football. The mere fact that the game was decided by three or less points nearly every meeting shows how important this game is to both teams, no matter what their record is.

    That being said,

    @josephgattuso: both quarterbacks had time to throw the ball, not just Ben. So please, take your $120 million crybaby (who won the game and is still whining) and go sit in a corner somewhere.

    Steelers have to reevaluate – Suisham and Sanders are killing them.

  25. Great game, hard fought just like always.

    Both teams will be back in great form next season and maybe these teams will get to meet 3x a season going forward.

    Right now, the Ravens need to keep it pulling it together … Bright spots are starting to show up, the D still needs to work on it’s late game and the running game is still a big problem. But, there is improvement in the O line. Flacco is playing well.

  26. dcapettini | Nov 29, 2013, 6:09 AM EST
    I am going to write down yesterday’s date so that the next time some Steeler fan whines about officiating, I can recall this game. From calling back Jones’ touchdown, to Ike Taylor’s constant holding, to no calls for holding in the offensive line, to Tomlin forcing Jones to cut back on the kickoff return and to the tinkering with the clock at the end of the game the officiating all went Pittsburgh’s way. And, they still lost. Once they held Suggs’ facemask until the ball was released and nothing was called.

    Only a whinny raven fan complains about the refs when they when……ssshhh you won and I am sure there were holding calls missed on the ravens also, but only babies and raven fans like yourself go there….

  27. and i forgot to mention. i hope bell and smith are both ok. that was a wicked play. classyjack…if you honestly believe what you wrote, you are saying jimmy saw the helmet pop off and went in head first with intent to injure…in less than a second. it was a nast play for sure, but there was no intent to injure. no flag and no discussion of it. anyways, good luck steeler fans on the rest of the year and hopefully there is round 3 in january

  28. @steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 29, 2013 9:30 AM
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    Illogicalvoicesays it again. Quit using the word haters. What are you, 12?

  29. I can’t stand either team but every year I make sure to catch their prime time game. It always comes down to the end in a dramatic way & it’s a 50/50 gamble on who will win. I’m always entertained

  30. Any win in this series is a good win. But overall the Ravens have not won anything yet, they are merely in a much better position than they were. The still have to keep winning for this game to mean anything overall.

    I’m still not counting the Steelers out until they are mathematically eliminated, and their schedule is not that daunting, so 9-7 is possible.

  31. Any more questions about where Andy Dalton’s place is in the hierarchy of AFCN QB’s? He’s 3rd and if Hoyer were playiing I’d say 4th.

    The Bungles playoff ineptitude will continue. Rest your nerves

  32. classyjacklambert says:
    Nov 29, 2013 4:58 AM
    “Wicked physical play”? Try dirty as hell helmet to helmet hit at the goal line, that was a clear attempt to injure and should draw a monster fine.

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    Like Ryan Clark’s hit on Willis McGahee in that AFC Championship game?

  33. Ravens fans calm down. All of these games are close and this annual rivalry ends in a tie once again. This game doesn’t mean the Steeler’s post season chances are over. It would of been nice to see Ben hand it off a bit more early on but it was a well played game on both sides.

  34. The 5th paragraph of this article doesn’t explain why the touchdown 2 plays earlier where Bell’s helmet came off was reversed.

    As it is explained by the author to those of us who did not see the game, it must be assumed that the touchdown was reversed because his helmet came off.

  35. scoobies05 says:
    Nov 29, 2013 8:56 AM
    another classic game in a classic rivalry. hats off to the steelers for a great comeback that fell a bit short. hopefully the ravens can keep the momentum going and start another playoff run. who knows….perhaps there will be ravens steelers 3 in january

    Back at ya scoobs. Ithink the chance’s for ravens steelers three is slim at best. But with kansas city being exposed for what they are and the bungles sure to fold like a cheap lawn chair down the stretch anything is possible.

  36. Raven fans, I’d shut my mouth when it comes to bad officiating and cheating. The refs gave you the Super Bowl last season with all the horrible non-calls at the end….not to mention two 49ers getting pulled to the ground on jacobys KR

  37. listening to these whining raven fans. can you imagine the whining and crying if the ravens would have lost.

  38. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 29, 2013 12:12 AM

    This is a crusade against our honor, our pride, our prestige, our legacy. We will prevail!

    Unbelievable how we always have to beat our opponents AND the league. Still, it must be done. It’s God’s will.

    Here we go Steelers. 9-7. Super Bowl.
    ==================================
    I’ll have what steelersaregodsteam is having- clearly, whatever he’s taking is mind-bending and an escape from reality.

  39. Congratulations to the Ravens on the win. Another great matchup for our teams. This is what rivalries should be.

  40. I know this rivalry doesn’t have the storied history behind it that others do, but for my money, it’s the best in sports right now. Another great game and I can’t wait to watch it again next year.

  41. This rivalry always comes down to the last few mins of each game. I still don’t understand why they don’t schedule the second meeting of these two teams to one of the last games of the year

  42. @cornerstone
    Want to talk about refs giving someone the superbowl wow did you see the steelers seahawks superbowl!?!?

    But anyway great game both teams my hat goes off to the steelers defense holding the ravens to 5 field goals i dont think jones wouldve scores on that return anyway bit flag should have been thrown still wouldve had same end result as for the Bell play my prayers are out to him hope for a speedy recovery hes going to be a great back in this league i do agree with the no call on the play but wouldnt of been upset if they threw a flag there was no intent to injury both players diving at the endline to make a play great game all around and good luck to both teams

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