It wasn’t pretty, but the Ravens escaped Heinz Field with an overtime victory and improved their record to 3-2 on the season. Clutch plays from CB Marlon Humphrey and K Justin Tucker removed any doubt late and sealed a divisional win for Baltimore.
Offensively, there weren’t too many highlight plays. However, between touchdowns, field goals, and turnovers, there’s a good amount of substance for “Play of the Game”.
Check out all the top moments below and vote for your favorite!
Josh Bynes interception: After being signed by the Ravens just days ago, veteran Josh Bynes surprisingly got the start at linebacker over Kenny Young and Chris Board. He wasted no time validating this decision by the coaching staff, snagging an interception on the Steelers second offensive drive. Jaylen Samuels threw an off-target lob pass out of the wildcat formation and Bynes tracked the ball on the sideline and extended to make the snag. It set the Ravens offense up in great field position and Mark Ingram punched it in.
Mark Ingram 4-yard rushing touchdown: It was rather rough sledding for Mark Ingram against a tough defensive front in Pittsburgh, as he gained just 44 yards on 19 carries (2.3 YPC). He scored the team’s first offensive touchdown of the game, however, with 4:49 remaining in the first quarter. Ingram took the read-option handoff from Jackson and plowed forward for the score, demonstrating his ability to absorb contact and gain yards after. Ingram now has six rushing touchdowns on the season.
Marquise Brown 11-yard touchdown catch: After three consecutive weeks without a touchdown, rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown reminded us of his playmaking ability. Early in the second quarter, the Ravens lined up in a five-wide set at the Steelers 11-yard line, with Brown in-between Miles Boykin and Mark Andrews on the right side of the field. “Hollywood” found a seam in the defense and soarded upstairs to snag the pass from Lamar Jackson, showcasing his versatile athleticism. CB Joe Haden was behind Brown and made a play on the ball, but the speedster was able to haul it in to extend the lead to 17-7.
Lights, Camera, Action Jackson ---— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 6, 2019
Marlon Humphrey forced fumble: Without a doubt, the most important defensive play of the game from either team occured midway through overtime. Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster caught a pass over the middle on a crossing route on 2nd & 5, but cornerback Marlon Humphrey was determined to make a play. Humphrey punched the ball free from Smith Schuster’s arms to force a much-needed turnover, and topped it off by getting back in the play and scooping the loose ball off the ground. Had Humphrey simply tackled Smith-Schuster, the Steelers have a new set of downs and creep closer to midfield, only needing a field goal to win the game. Simply put, Humphrey saved the game for Baltimore.
Justin Tucker 46-yard field goal: Humphrey’s outstanding defensive play ceded way for the most accurate kicker in NFL history, Justin Tucker, to do what he does best. Having already nailed three field goals prior, Tucker trotted onto the field to attempt a 46-yarder for the win. It looked off left at first, but the knuckleball shifted right just in time to sail through the uprights. Tucker is one of the best to ever do it, so the end result should come as no surprise. Still, it was a clutch kick in a tough environment and the stakes were high.
Which highlight gets your vote for "play of the game"?
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Josh Bynes interception
Mark Ingram 4-yard touchdown rush
Marquise Brown 11-yard touchdown catch
Marlon Humphrey forced fumble in OT
Justin Tucker game-winning field goal