The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to hold on to defeat the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 28-24 on Sunday afternoon in a rivalry matchup.
A Typical Steelers vs. Ravens Rivalry Matchup
Sunday’s game started well for Pittsburgh as Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson almost immediately threw an interception. The ball was picked off and returned for a touchdown by Steelers linebacker Robert Spillane, who is filling in for the injured Devin Bush.
.@14rspillane putting us on the board quick!!
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 1, 2020
This was followed by a six-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Miles Boykin for the Ravens.
Then, the teams had back-to-back fumbles and a few punts to finish out the first quarter.
Despite injuries plaguing the Ravens’ offensive and defensive lines, the Steelers struggled to capitalize for the remainder of the first half. They headed into the locker room trailing by ten points (7-17).
While the Steelers vs. Ravens rivalry usually consists of close games, they are also often represented by penalties.
The Steelers managed to only rack up three penalties for 30 yards, but Baltimore totaled nine penalties for 110 yards.
Ravens linebacker Matt Judon was ejected after a scuffle on the sideline that resulted in his contact with an official.
Pittsburgh’s Keys to the Game
Coming out of the locker room for the second half, the momentum began to shift for Pittsburgh.
“We moved with more fluidity in the second half, and I’m thankful for that because it was needed,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in his postgame press conference.
Pittsburgh’s second touchdown of the game came at the 13:21 mark of the third quarter.
Steelers rookie linebacker Alex Highsmith set up the scoring drive with his first career interception. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger then connected with tight end Eric Ebron for a wide open 18-yard touchdown pass.
On their next drive, running back James Conner scored on a one-yard run to top off a nearly 80-yard drive.
One final touchdown for the Steelers went to the rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool with 7:29 left in the fourth quarter. This put Pittsburgh up 28-24.
However, the game came down to a last second play in the end zone from safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who sealed the nail-biter for the Steelers.
Minkah's play to end the game 😳 pic.twitter.com/dSfb15wPq3
— Benstonium (@Benstonium) November 1, 2020
“It’s good today, but it means nothing for tomorrow,” Tomlin said in reference to the win.
The Steelers move to 7-0 on the season and remain the only undefeated team in the league. They will take on the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 8 at 4:25 p.m.
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