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Did Ravens lose it or did Steelers win it?

Posted on: January 15, 2011 8:15 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2011 8:18 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

All season long, T.J. Houshmandzadeh has been carping for more balls to come his way. On fourth-and-18 on Baltimore’s final drive at Pittsburgh, it was Housh who let the pigskin bounce off his mitts. It was one of a handful of mistakes made by the Ravens during a second half that included three turnovers, J. Harrison (US Presswire)a holding penalty to negate Lardarius Webb’s punt return score and, on the series before Housh’s drop, an equally egregious drop by Anquan Boldin in the end zone.

But before we declare that Baltimore lost the game Saturday night, let’s acknowledge everything Pittsburgh did to win it. On the final touchdown drive, Ben Roethlisberger, who had a few accuracy issues on the night, completed a chains-moving strike to Hines Ward on third-and-10. A few plays later, on third and forever, he launched a bomb to Antonio Brown, who “David Tyree’d” the ball against his helmet inside the five. It was a brilliant play-call by offensive coordinator Bruce Arians; Roethlisberger’s pass would either fall incomplete or be picked off for what would amount to a really good punt. Or, it would be caught near the goal-line to set up Rashard Mendenhall's go-ahead touchdown.

As many plays as the Steelers offense made late in the game, it was the defense that carried the night. The Steelers sacked Joe Flacco five times. James Harrison was overshadowed by Terrell Suggs’ monstrous performance (three sacks, two tackles for a loss and the forced fumble in the second quarter on the play where Cory Redding was the only player who realized that the whistle hadn’t blown). But it was Harrison who exploited the one-on-one mismatch against left tackle Michael Oher (a bright young player but one whom raised some serious questions down the stretch) and took over in the fourth. Harrison finished with three sacks and a host of quarterback hurries.

Harrison was complemented by a multitude of unsung defensive heroes wearing black and gold. Up-and-coming defensive end Ziggy Hood was stout against the run. Ryan Clark was the most dominant safety on the field, registering a handful of openfield tackles in the first half and picking off Joe Flacco during the momentum swing in the third quarter. And, finally, maligned nickelback William Gay was brilliant stepping in on the outside role for injured Bryant McFadden.

The Ravens, with all their mistakes, didn’t do themselves any favors in the second half. But isn’t it funny how mistakes seem to occur more when you’re facing a great team?

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:09 pm
 

Did Ravens lose it or did Steelers win it?

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Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Did Ravens lose it or did Steelers win it?

What about the hits on Rothlesburger that were "no calls", the excesive fines fpr Harrison, the helmet to helmet on Heath Miller that gave him a concussion "no call". During the season the refs were definitely givingi Pit a hard time. But we could watch any game and see favortism and bad officiating. In the end it all evens out.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Did Ravens lose it or did Steelers win it?

Go back to my post from 10:36 am. Read the part regarding so called professional players not knowing situations.

NOW ... number 81 on the Seahawks ... don't you know that an incomplete backward pass is a fumble? Why are you standing there looking at the ball on the ground!?!?!?



Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Did Ravens lose it or did Steelers win it?

if the queen had balls she'd be the king ........i just hate ray lewis .....glad hes gonna retire without winning another ring ......ravens have no speed at wideout ...boldin and housh  are nice ,but no burners for sure ..the internet is for dumb people too  lol...dont cry there is always next year



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Did Ravens lose it or did Steelers win it?

NFCEASTFAN wrote: "Refs won it for Pittsburgh, BS call on the goaline to give a fresh set of downs smfh, NFL setup for ratings once again...."

What is it with you conspiracy theorists? REALLY? The refs won it? REALLY?

Always an excuse.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Did Ravens lose it or did Steelers win it?

Refs won it for Pittsburgh, BS call on the goaline to give a fresh set of downs smfh, NFL setup for ratings once again....



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Did Ravens lose it or did Steelers win it?

Well, according to the score.......Steelers = 31 and Ravens = 24. I think high score wins and low score loses? Boy, that was hard to figure out! So obviously the Steelers won it and the Ravens lost it! But you covered yourself well on both ends!

CUP4PENS




Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:21 am
 

Did Ravens lose it or did Steelers win it?

First I will say this, this game was awesome. I am a steeler fan for life and I was really worried when Baltimore took that 14 point lead. I was so pissed at flosel adams number 71 who has cost us tons of penalties for false starts just as he did in Dallas all year. He is a great player but shame on you after blowing your coverage allowing Ben to get hit form behind as you watched it and he fumbles and you dont go after the ball but stand there with your hands on your hips and watch them run the ball into the end zone. In pee wee football they teach you to play to the whistle....Ben looked awesome in the second half sure he made mistakes but they were not interceptions. Baltimore hurt them selves and pittsburgh took advantage and out played them when it mattered. Troy if some of you did not know was questionable all week, he only got moved to probable on friday, he was off and thank god the others stepped up. They better play like they did against cleveland if they have any hopes of beating new england and I am just guessing new england will win as they are solid as bad as I hate them they are a great team...Pittsburgh needs to use spread formations and mike wallace and when he is doubled hit your weapons like miller, ward, brown and sanders. You must get to brady if you have any hope....Go Steelers!!! Oh yah and WTF refs were terrible both ways, either call the game or let them play.


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