Final score: Ravens survive Steelers rally, hold on to win 22-20

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens are now .500 after Sunday's win over Pittsburgh.

How else did you expect a Ravens-Steelers game to end?

The Ravens were able to come away victors in the second meeting between the two teams, holding on to escape M&T Bank Stadium with a 22-20 victory. The game was anything but short on theatrics, with it being another typical slugfest between the two teams.

With the Ravens (6-6) up 22-14, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers down the field and threw a touchdown on a fourth-down pass to receiver Jerricho Cotchery. But the ensuing two-point conversion attempt to Emmanuel Sanders fell incomplete with cornerback Chykie Brown in coverage.

The ensuing onside kick did not travel 10 yards and the Ravens walked away victorious.

The Ravens were led by kicker Justin Tucker, who kicked five field goals in the win. Tucker has now made 27 consecutive field goals this season. His kicks came from 43, 34, 38, 45 and 48 yards away, in that order.

The game's final drive had all the drama expected in a Ravens-Steelers contest. Roethlisberger hit Miller on three consecutive passes to get the Steelers (5-7) to the Baltimore 35-yard line. After a personal foul penalty moved Pittsburgh back, Roethlisberger threw a screen pass to Le'Veon Bell, who took it up the field for 29 yards.

On the next play, it looked like Roethlisberger connected with Miller for a 20-yard touchdown. However, replay proved Miller was about a yard short of the end zone. Two plays later came the scariest moment of the game.

Bell was given a handoff to the left and was then collided helmet-to-helmet with Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith. Bell's back of his head then hit the turf, with the two appearing dazed afterward. Both were able to get up and walk off the field.

Initially ruled a touchdown, Bell's play was then called short as replay showed his helmet popped up before the ball crossed into the end zone. By rule, a play is dead whenever a ball-carrier's helmet comes off.

After a third down incompletion, Roethlisberger found Cotchery for the score.

Another pivotal moment of the game came during a Jacoby Jones kick return. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin walked close to the sideline, with his foot standing on the field of play. As Jones came close, Tomlin scurried back to the sideline, which caused Jones to veer slightly off his path. Cortez Allen was then able to catch him from behind.

The Ravens were held to a field goal on the possession.

A couple of days after criticizing the Ravens' use of the wildcat formation, Joe Flacco took every snap on offense. He had one of his best games of the 2013 season, completing 24 of 35 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown. He posted a quarterback rating of 98.6.

The Ravens will continue its three-game home-stand two Sundays from now against the Vikings.


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