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Pittsburgh Steelers Versus Baltimore Ravens – Second Half Recap


By Matthew Marczi

The Pittsburgh Steelers enter the second half clinging to a four-point lead after relinquishing an 11th hour turnover on a Heath Miller fumble that led to a Baltimore Ravens field goal to end the half with the score of 10-6. The Ravens open the second half with the ball after deferring on the opening coin toss.

Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff out to the 29. The Steelers defense quickly forced a third and six, however. On third down, following a timeout, and then a delay of game, Joe Flacco scrambled for the first down after not finding a receiver open, but a holding penalty on Ike Taylor added an extra five yards to the end of the run and would have given the Ravens a first down anyway.

The Ravens were flagged once again, this time for a false start, to set up first and 15 from the 40. Ray Rice was able to gain 14 on a dump off pass, however. Lawrence Timmons gained penetration on second down to help stop the run for no gain and set up third down. Troy Polamalu was offsides, however, on a third down play that ended in a sack.

Polamalu did an excellent job breaking up a pass intended for Rice on the ensuing play, and then stopped Rice for a two-yard loss. On a deep drop, William Gay broke up an underthrown ball intended for Jacoby Jones that, if accurate, may have gone the distance. The ensuing punt bounced into the end zone and the Steelers escaped an early second-half scare.

Ben Roethlisberger and the offense took the field for the first time in the second half. On the first play, play action was enough to open up David Paulson for a 17-yard gain that he went to his knees to, eventually, secure. Emmanuel Sanders was flagged for holding on the next play. Guy Whimper limped off the field and was replaced by Mike Adams, but soon came back in.

On the following play, Antonio Brown gained just three on a receiver screen. The Ravens were offsides on second down, and then were flagged for unnecessary roughness, both on Elvis Dumervil. The latter penalty was accepted for a first down after an eight-yard pass.

Now across midfield, Le’Veon Bell ran another snap from the wildcat and took the ball for seven yards. Bell kept it again but was a yard short of the first. On third and one, Roethlisberger was back under center and escaped pressure to scramble for the sack after a Terrell Suggs whiff that turned into a 19-yard gain.

Le’Veon Bell burst through a hole for seven yards from the 20-yard line on the following play. On second and three, Suggs got to Roethlisberger, and Kelvin Beachum’s momentum helped bring the quarterback down to complete the sack, forcing the Steelers to take a timeout to regain their composure. After the timeout, Roethlisberger was sacked again, but Dumervil was also flagged again, this time for a facemask on the sack, which gave the Steelers first and ten from the 11.

Bell burst through yet another hole, helped by a block by Paulson, for seven yards on the following play. On second and three, Bell was dropped by safety Matt Elam for a loss of one. Antonio Brown was flagged for a false start on third down. From the shotgun, Roethlisberger’s pass intended for Sanders was broken up by Corey Graham. Shaun Suisham’s field goal extended the lead back to a touchdown, however, at the score of 13-6.

The field goal drive chewed up eight minutes, leaving just three to go on the third. Suisham’s kickoff this time went for a touchback. Timmons caught Bernard Pierce from behind for no gain on first down. On second down, Torrey Smith beat Ike Taylor for 41 yards down to the 39. Ray Rice picked up nine down to the 30, and converted the first down a plan later. Shamarko Thomas made a stop on the next play, however, to chip at the momentum. On second and nine, Marlon Brown got enough for the first down as Brett Keisel limped off the field.

Mike Tomlin challenged the spot, and the play was reversed, ruling Brown short of the first down to set up third and short. Perhaps the successful challenge, and the brief respite, will help turn the tide back in Pittsburgh’s favor. It seemed to have worked, as Timmons and Woodley helped stop Vontae Leach on third and one. On fourth down, however, Flacco was able to convert to keep the drive alive.

On first down, Flacco’s pass went out of bounds at the front corner of the end zone. On the next play, Rice was stopped after a three-yard gain. On third and seven, Flacco’s pass was broken up by Gay after being able to scramble away from Woodley. That was Gaya’s second pass deflection of the game that saved a touchdown. Justin Tucker’s field goal made it a four-point game again at 13-9.

John Harbaugh, the cocky former special teams coordinator, arrogantly attempted an onside kick, and it backfield heavily. His team was offsides and illegally touched the ball and the Steelers still recovered the ball. From the 38-yard line, Roethlisberger scrambled on first down for seven yards. On second down, Jones was able to hit a small hole for six yards and put the Steelers in range for a field goal with a new set of downs.

Jones pushed ahead to make a two-yard gain out of nothing. On second and eight, Roethlisberger tossed a three-yard pass to Jones after finding nothing else open. Now on third down, Roethlisberger went to the end zone for Derek Moye, who had a chance for the touchdown, but could not secure the ball. Instead, Suisham had to add another field goal to extend the league back to a touchdown’s margin at 16-9.

On first down, Jason Worilds lost the edge and allows a seven-yard gain, but on second down, a holding penalty on the Ravens negated a first down reception. Now on second and 14, Flacco’s  pass was completed to Smith and was good for a first down. From the 39, Ray Rice caught a three-yard pass with good coverage by Timmons to limit him to just that. Jacoby Jones was pushed out of bounds by Gay to set up third and three, and Flacco found him again after scrambling for the first down.

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  • Mike Sweeney

    If the Steelers could finish drives with TD’S. Nevertheless, I am loving the victory. Now, shake the Oakland funk next week!!!!!!!

  • chris ward

    Big divisional win. Suisham continues to be impressive.

  • Curtis

    Good win, not pretty but good win. Turnover didn’t hurt, excellent play calling. Good OL play and Bell is a patient runner. Ben took care of ball and we keep this formula, we will do fine the rest of year.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Anytime they get points off a turnover it hurts. That coulda been a 6-10 point swing.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    I haven’t seen Ben stand so upright in the pocket in a LONG time. Great job by the O-line in protection and the run game. Was that actually Whimper out there?!? Holy crap he can block! …and at Tackle nonetheless.

  • Bell Cow

    Great to get another win. Moye could’ve put the game away if he caught that ball in the end zone.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Right. Big drop. Had a hand in the face, but you gotta make that play. Perfect pass by Ben.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Great win, the Ravens looked like the 1-4 team honestly. Hope they get back to work, cause under 20 points week after week isn’t gonna get it done. Wish they had allowed Bell to get 10 more yards, he is the feature back here, time to give him his due and leave him in the game and spell him occassionally

  • Bell Cow

    Exactly. At least they’re learning what it takes to win again.

  • Curtis

    I agree but didn’t hurt. It was kind of a wash with the onside kick I guess.

  • CrazyTerry

    This D continues to give up game winning or game tying TDs to Flacco at the end of games. It’s a good thing Ben finally came through on a final drive . The offesne shortened the game and the D didn’t have to defend many drives luckily. Still not impressed with the D.

  • CrazyTerry

    Except for Beachum, it looks like all our tackles play much better at RT.

  • CrazyTerry

    The offense didnt have many drives. ONly 3 drives in the second half. 19 points is not great, but it is not bad. You also havce to remember our offense in the past used to benefit from defensive turnovers giving them a short field, especially the Ravens games from 2-3 years ago.

  • dgh57

    Can’t say I was expecting this Wildcat thing with Bell but I liked it!

    Timmons had a monster game with 17 tackles–12 solo.

    Suisham again proved to be Mr. Automatic!

  • Matthew Marczi

    Remember when I tried to defend Guy Whimper during the preseason? :P

  • CrazyTerry

    Woodley must have a record for the sack percentage of an individual compared to total team sacks.

  • Matthew Marczi

    By FAR Timmons’ best game of the year. Looking like the player he needs to be for this defense.

    If I were beat writer I would have a hard time keeping things like Adams at tight end and Bell in the Wildcat under wraps after seeing it in practice.

  • CrazyTerry

    Great to see Whimper deliver. But let’s hope Beachum doesnt get injured. LT will be a major problem again if that happens.

  • charles

    Given the chance he will.

  • Chad H

    Clark was bad again. “The Shark” is looking like a great 4th rd pick! Over all the D wasn’t bad but we need more pass rush. Woodley can’t be the only one. Hayward was a beast tonight.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Crossing my fingers that Gilbert won’t have to miss a game.

  • charles

    That was our season. Still alive. Obviously some of these 3s need to become 7s. Lack of qb pressure the major issue though…

  • dgh57

    The cats out of the bag so to speak now with regards the Wildcat but I hope they keep running it. Wasn’t expecting Adams at TE either as I heard no reports of him practicing there. I liked the way we pulled out all the stops on offense to get this win!

  • CrazyTerry

    I think Whimper and Adams can fill in better at RT than LT.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Yeah, I’m sure the players were under strict orders by the coaches to keep those things quiet and not answer any questions about them. Reporters can only report answers to players’ questions, and not just whatever they see in practice, and thus have to coax them into answering questions about things like that.

  • Matthew Marczi

    True.

  • dgh57

    Maybe you should cross your fingers on both hands and then cross your arms for good measure! LOL!!

  • Riverstko

    First 4 games a different season, After the bye A New Season! Go Steelers!

  • Riverstko

    Whimper did good we need a veteran on the line.

  • r4kolb

    Let’s just hope we don’t go to Oakland and lay an egg like we have done in seasons past. Always hard to fly across country and play. Bell looks like the real deal with his ability to be patient and find the holes. Credit to the O line who looks like they are starting to gel. Still need the Bungles to start losing though.

  • Rob

    When the offense is given great field position and only gets 3 it is a sign the offense is the problem. Our team had too many three and outs and gave the ball away when it could have at least been 3 points. Ben actually took a check down instead of trying to force it and got 3 instead of a turn over or interception. That is what I call progress. The team is getting better slowly. If we are to save the season and make the playoffs they need to pick up the pace a bit. I am not expecting it to happen but hope for it anyway.

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