The Pittsburgh Steelers had a chance to win the game in overtime against the Baltimore Ravens with a 50 yard field goal attempt, but instead went for it on 4th down and never saw the ball again and lost, 23-20 on Thursday night.
Justin Tucker hit the winning field goal for the Ravens from 52 yards out.
Justin Forsett led the way for Baltimore, with 150 yards rushing on 27 carries. Ben Roethlisberger didn’t play (left knee) for Pittsburgh, who started Michael Vick (19-26, 124 yards, 1 TD) at QB.
The game was close at the half, at 13-7 Pittsburgh. Both teams had touchdown drives, but both struggled on offense. Antonio Brown of Pittsburgh and Steve Smith Sr. for the Ravens were near no-shows at WR, with Smith getting nicked up a couple of times and finally leaving the game with a bruised back.
Baltimore got the ball to start the 2nd half, but Joe Flacco (20-33, 189 yards, 1 TD 1 INT) fumbled the ball on a scramble and Pittsburgh recovered. They went on to score on a 6 play, 26 yard drive ending in a Vick TD pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey putting the score at 20-7 early in the 3rd quarter.
Pittsburgh only managed 62 yards the rest of the way on offense in the second half, and the Ravens clawed there way back into the game. The teams went for it on 4th down a combined 6 times, the Ravens were 1 for 4 while the Steelers were 0 for 2. Both misses by the Steelers came in overtime. A designed run around end by Vick (33 yards rushing) was stuffed, and their final failed attempt came on a incomplete pass to Brown.
Tucker added two field goals for Baltimore in regulation, including one from 42 yards out to tie the game with 7 seconds remaining. The kick was set up by a near miraculous throw and catch from Flacco to Kamar Aiken for 20 yards on 3rd and 10.
Josh Scobee, the recently acquired field goal kicker for the Steelers, made two field goals but also missed 2 in the second half, from 49 and 41 yards. Coach Mike Tomlin had seen enough, and didn’t give Scobee a chance to hit that 50 yarder in overtime to win the game.
The Ravens got a gigantic win, avoiding an 0-4 start. They play the Browns at home next week.
The Steelers almost got it done without Roethlisberger, but couldn’t get their offense going well enough to protect that 20-7 lead in the second half. Pittsburgh faces the Chargers in San Diego on Monday night, Oct 12th.
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