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Ravens vs. Steelers: Play of the game

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Gus Edwards 38-yard rush: The “Gus Bus” has been money on third-and-short situations all season long and once again came through in Week 17. Facing a 3rd-&-4 at midfield in the first quarter, Edwards kept the Ravens drive alive and then some, setting the offense up in scoring position with this 38-yard run. With this rush, Edwards not only set the tone for the rest of the day but helped the Ravens inch closer to breaking the NFL’s all-time record for most rushing yards in a season by a team.

Hayden Hurst 15-yard reception: With Mark Andrews on the sidelines, Hayden Hurst drew the start at tight end and once again showcased his knack for catching everything and anything thrown his way. Hurst picked up a first down on the Ravens second offensive possession, hauling in a one-handed catch from Robert Griffin III over the middle of the field. From there, Hurst did the rest, picking up extra yardage after the catch.

Matthew Judon sack and forced fumble: One of the few key starters suiting up in this game, Matthew Judon added to an already career season with another sack and forced fumble, this time recovered by DT Michael Pierce. Judon was able to get right by TE Vance McDonald with a simple bull rush and knocked Devlin Hodges off his feet before he had the chance to blink. It’s Judon’s fourth forced fumble of the year and brings his sack total to 9.5, both of which represent career-best numbers.

Justice Hill 8-yard rushing touchdown: For the second straight week, rookie RB Justice Hill found the end zone on the ground, this time from eight yards out just before halftime. Thanks to Judon’s forced fumble, the Ravens offense had good field position and they capitalized. Hill did a nice job bouncing off multiple tackle attempts from Steelers defenders, showcasing his underrated ability as a between-the-tackles rusher. Hill had 49 scrimmage yards on the day.

Jordan Richards fumble return touchdown: With the game all but out of reach, the Ravens added insult to injury at the 4:36 mark of the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh’s punter, backed up just yards away from the Steelers’ own end zone, bobbled the snap and was promptly swarmed by multiple Ravens defenders. DB Jordan Richards came up with the loose ball and brought it in for a touchdown, giving the Ravens a multiple-touchdown lead and swiftly putting the icing on the cake of Baltimore’s victory.


Honorable mentions

Hayden Hurst 20-yard reception:

Anthony Levine Sr. fake punt conversion:


Poll

Which highlight get your vote for "play of the game" from Week 17?

This poll is closed

  • 17%
    Gus Edwards 38-yard rush
    (59 votes)
  • 5%
    Hayden Hurst 15-yard reception
    (19 votes)
  • 43%
    Matthew Judon sack and forced fumble
    (143 votes)
  • 12%
    Justice Hill 8-yard rushing touchdown
    (42 votes)
  • 14%
    Jordan Richards fumble return touchdown
    (49 votes)
  • 5%
    Other
    (18 votes)
330 votes total Vote Now