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Ravens returner Jacoby Jones offers bright spot in Sunday's disappointing loss

Jones ran back a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, offering a spark in an otherwise bleak game against Pittsburgh.

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Sunday was a disastrous day for both the offense and defense.

But special teams received a spark, with Jacoby Jones running back a 108-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. He's had a knack for being a playmaker in the return game against the Steelers and did so again in this game. His play, with the Steelers leading by 19, cut the deficit to 12, giving the Ravens new life for the moment. And give credit to everyone on the play as Jones went untouched the entire way.

Of course, the defense couldn't slow down Ben Roethlisberger, who went right back down the field and ultimately found Martavis Bryant for one of his six touchdowns of the game. Pittsburgh would go on to win the game 43-23.

However, and perhaps as a silver lining, maybe Jones can use this play as a stepping stone for an otherwise horrible season. He played zero snaps at wide receiver and has seen his role drastically decrease after dropping plenty of passes early on. But if he can become a factor in the return game moving forward, maybe that's the first step in getting his confidence back on track in every other facet of football, too.

"I thought the players executed it really well; Jacoby ran it really well, he's fast," Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. "They were squeezing the field pretty good, and he got back out to the field and just outran everybody. But everybody was pretty much blocked. It was a good play."