Justin Tucker’s 52-yard field goal in overtime possibly saved the season for the Baltimore Ravens in a somewhat improbable 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.
The Ravens seemed to have blown several opportunities to get their first victory of the season. A failed fake field goal try, Joe Flacco being stuffed on a 4th-and-1, a four-and-out with three minutes to play while trailing by a field goal all seemed to be leading toward a fourth straight loss for Baltimore.
However, Josh Scobee missed two field goals late that gave Baltimore a chance for a tying field goal at the end of regulation. Tucker’s 42-yard field goal with three seconds left tied it at 20-20 and sent it to overtime.
The Steelers could have given Scobee another chance in overtime from 50 yards out to win the game. Instead, Mike Tomlin elected to go for it on 4th-and-1 and an errant pass from Michael Vick to Antonio Brown fell incomplete and give Baltimore the chance for a game-winning drive.
Scobee has now missed four of his 10 field goal attempts this season after coming to Pittsburgh in a trade from Jacksonville prior to the start of the season.
If you’re a fan of well-coached games, this one was not for you.
The Steelers called a quarterback sweep with Michael Vick on 4th-and-2 prior to Scobee’s second miss that would have given Pittsburgh the first down needed to run out the clock. Then in overtime, the Steelers decided to put the game in Vick’s hands instead of Le’Veon Bell, who had 129 yards and a touchdown on the night.
The Steelers led 20-7 in the third quarter after a 9-yard touchdown pass from Vick to Darrius Heyward-Bey. Baltimore quickly responded with an 80-yard touchdown drive to close the gap. Flacco connected with Kamar Aiken for a 15-yard touchdown to close the gap to 20-14.
Justin Forsett had 150 yards on 27 carries for a Baltimore running game that had been stagnant through the first three weeks. Flacco finished with 189 yards with a touchdown and interception for the Ravens.