Ravens Crush Steelers in Thursday Night Football
In Thursday Night Football, the Pittsburgh Steelers were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens as the scoreboard showed 26-6 in favor of the Ravens. Four field goals kicked by Justin Tucker and two touchdown passes by Joe Flacco that tight ended Owen Daniels were the highlights of the game. The Raven’s lead was cut to 10-6 in 4:30 minutes of the second half as Shaun Suisham scored a 43 yarder, which was his second goal of the night. However, with an 80-yard drive, Flacco managed to make a comeback by repeated soft coverage exposure in the center of the field.
For 56 yards, he finished all his 6 passes to four individual receivers along with two defensive penalties and was also involved in the setup of a 1 yard TD pass to Daniels when only 3:58 left. After they had scored on first possession, Baltimore was leading by 7-0 and halfway through the second quarter, Flacco led the Ravens to the 11 yard line of the Steelers before a couple of incomplete passes near the end zone stalled the drive. That’s where Tucker came in and converted from 30 yards. Time-consuming first drives were put in by both teams and helped by a penalty from the opponent.
However, a turnover halted Pittsburgh whereas Flacco went for an 85 yard possession in a 12 play, staying 4 for 4 and finished with a score. A sideline pattern meant for Torrey Smith ended up hitting Cortez Allen with a pass interference penalty. As reported by www.broadcastinglivesports.com, two plays later Flacco scored a touchdown when he found Daniels uncovered. In the opening drive of the game, Roethlisberger had let the team to Baltimore 16 ending in two thirds down, but the drive was kept alive when Courtney Upshaw was flagged for roughing up the quarterback. But, it ended when a hard hit from Mike Smith, the linebacker was fumbled by Justin Brown.
For 217 yards, 22 or 37 passes were finished by Roethlisberger and was the first time that Pittsburgh was held by Baltimore without a touchdown. There are a couple of other similar mistakes here and there that cost the Steelers their game.