When they fell behind 16-6 late in the 3rd quarter, I held little hope for a Steeler victory. The offense looked inept and the defense could not get off the field on 3rd down, no matter how great the distance.
But then the Steelers offense started running with no huddle. Ben Roethlisberger called the plays and made adjustments at the line. They moved the ball. Two touchdowns and some stingy defense later the Steelers had a 20-16 lead with 4:59 to play. Judging by their harassment of Joe Flacco in the 4th quarter, it looked like a done deal, the Steelers would pull it out and lead the division.
Not so fast though. After a quick 3-and-out by Baltimore and a Steelers’ punt following a strange sequence at the end of a 6-play drive, the Ravens got the ball back with 2:24 to play and 92 yards to cover.
They covered it with 8 seconds to spare and won the game 23-20 to sweep the season series from Pittsburgh.
Thus the Steelers began their last eight games as they started their season – losing to the hated Ravens.
Keep your fingers crossed, Steelers fans. There’s still hope for redemption and revenge in the playoffs.