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Steelers Rally To Beat Ravens And Stay Undefeated

The Pittsburgh Steelers went into Baltimore on Sunday to beat the Ravens 28-24. The Steelers remain undefeated at 7-0, a record that they had only achieved once before in 1978. However, the Black and Yellow had to bite down on their mouthguard and fight. It was not pretty, just like every other Steelers-Ravens game.

On the third play of the game, Robert Spillane picked off Lamer Jackson and took it to the house. The Steelers did not score again until the third quarter.
After the pick-six, the Ravens would respond on a nine-play drive as Jackson would find Miles Boykin for a six-yard touchdown to tie the game.

The next drive, rookie standout Chase Claypool fumbled and gave the ball back to the Ravens. The Ravens would fumble as well; however, the Steelers did not capitalize on the turnover.

After three straight punts from both teams, the Baltimore would score on another nine-play drive with Gus Edwards scoring on a one-yard run. Following the Baltimore score, the Steelers, unfortunately, would end a seven-play drive with yet another fumble. The Ravens would take the rest of the time off the clock in the first half with a 15-play drive to notch a field goal. At half time the score was 17-7.

The Steelers ended the half with a minuscule 24 yards passing and 42 yards rushing. Whatever Coach Mike Tomlin said to the team during halftime woke them up and lit a fire under them.

Early in the third quarter, rookie linebacker Alex Highsmith intercepted Jackson, which set the Steelers up in the red zone. They would capitalize on the turnover as Ben Roethlisberger would find Eric Ebron for an 18-yard touchdown catch. The Steelers would finally put some points on the board and cut the lead to 17-14.

The Steelers defense would come up big again as they would force a quick three and out. The offense would lead a ten-play, 57-yard drive, which would lead to a one-yard touchdown run from James Conner – his only of the day. The drive would chew six minutes off the clock and give the Steelers a 21-17 lead.

After both teams traded punts, Baltimore would regain the lead on a three-yard touchdown from Jackson to Marquise Brown. The score put the Ravens back ahead 24-21 for the fourth lead change.

The Steelers would again answer on an eight-play, 45-yard drive, which ended with Roethlisberger finding Claypool for an eight-yard touchdown. Steelers go up once again 28-24.

The Ravens would march down the field, chewing up almost six minutes of game time. The drive would end with a Minkah Fitzpatrick forced fumble and a Spillane recovery.

The Steelers would fail to ice the game, and they would give the Ravens the ball back with a little over a minute left. Jackson would once again march the Ravens down the field. The Ravens would fail to reach the endzone as Fitzpatrick would break up Jackson’s final pass attempt.

The Steelers would hang on with the final score 28-24 and continue to be the only undefeated team in the NFL.

Big Ben would end the game with 182 yards and two touchdowns while completing 21 of 32 passes. Conner would end the game with 47 yards and a touchdown.
While the defense did get punished with the Ravens running game, they did come up big when needed.

The Steelers travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys this Sunday at 4:25 pm ET.


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