Steelers Escape Ravens

Glenn Kaplan

The final 6:21 of the football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers was absolute chaos. With Pittsburgh trailing Baltimore 13-12, Ben Roethlisberger threw the go-ahead touchdown pass to Dionate Johnson with 1:48 remaining in regulation (Ben Roethlisberger 2-point conversion pass to Pat Freiermuth).

With Baltimore trailing 20-13, Lamar Jackson threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins with 11 seconds left in regulation. The Ravens went for a 2-point conversion. Lamar Jackson threw a pass intended for Mark Andrews and Andrews dropped it. It was a perfectly designed play, but the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off the monster upset against the Baltimore Ravens by a final score of 20-19.

This was the right call by Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. In the post-game press conference, he mentioned he decided to do this because he was out of cornerbacks due to injury, including superstar cornerback Marlon Humphrey. John Harbaugh mentioned that he is going to miss significant time with an injury and this football team has been plagued by injuries all season long.

As for Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, a lot of people were writing him off this week after the embarrassing 41-10 loss on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals a week ago.

The other Pittsburgh touchdown in this football game came on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Dionate Johnson in the fourth quarter (trailed 10-9 after a missed, Chris Boswell, extra point).

This was probably Ben Roethlisberger’s final home game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania against the Baltimore Ravens. He completed 21-of-31 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns.

The Steelers’ leading receiver in this football game was Dionate Johnson with eight receptions for 105 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

Najee Harris was Pittsburgh’s leading rusher with 71 yards on 21 carries. He also caught five passes for 36 yards receiving for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Baltimore’s other touchdown came in the second quarter on a Devonta Freeman 3-yard rush on a 99-yard touchdown drive. The Baltimore Ravens were up 7-0 and it was the first touchdown of the football game. Freeman finished with 52 yards rushing on 14 carries and a touchdown. He also caught five passes for 45 yards receiving.

Lamar Jackson completed 23-of-37 passes for 253 yards one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for 55 yards on eight carries. Jackson was the Baltimore Ravens leading rusher in this football game with that stat line.

Baltimore’s leading receiver in this football game was Marquise Brown with five receptions for 55 yards receiving.

Sammy Watkins caught four passes for 39 yards receiving and a touchdown for the Baltimore Ravens.

Mark Andrews caught four passes for 50 yards receiving for Baltimore.

They were the number one seed in the AFC entering the day, but they drop to the number three seed in the AFC. As of right now, the New England Patriots (8-4) are the number one seed and the Tennessee Titans (8-4) are the number two seed. If the Buffalo Bills (7-4) beat the New England Patriots tomorrow night on Monday night football, Tennessee will be back as the number one seed in the AFC.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5-1) are still on the outside looking in for the seventh seed in the AFC and their next football game will be on the road against the Minnesota Vikings (5-7) on Thursday night.

The Baltimore Ravens (8-4) next football game will be on the road next Sunday against the Cleveland Browns (6-6).

-Glenn Kaplan, 12oz Sports Contributor, Live Monday’s at 3 p.m. ET & Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on 12oz Sports

Photo Credit: Twitter @steelers

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