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Jacoby Jones' 63-yard punt return for a touchdown gave the Baltimore Ravens a 10-7 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers at halftime of their AFC North showdown Sunday night.
It was the second consecutive week Jones had a return for a touchdown. He ran back a kickoff in a win over Oakland. Jones, who also had a kickoff return for a score against Dallas last month, has four career touchdowns on punt returns.
In addition to the special teams score, Baltimore's defense set up Justin Tucker 26-yard field goal after Mike Wallace's fumble and a 17-yard return by Ed Reed.
Tucker missed a 41-yard try less than a minute into the second quarter.
Steelers backup quarterback Byron Leftwich had a 31-yard touchdown run less than a minute into the game. Making his first NFL start in more than three years because of shoulder and rib injuries to Ben Roethlisberger, Leftwich was 7 for 17 for 85 yards at halftime.
Not known for his scrambling ability, the 250-pound former first-round pick took the second official snap of the game and scrambled out of the pocket, turned the corner, got a block, split two defensive backs at the right sideline and made it to the end zone for his 10th career touchdown rushing and first since 2008.
The play was a career-long run for Leftwich and the longest touchdown run of the season for Pittsburgh.
The Steelers (6-3) have Rashard Mendenhall in their lineup for the third time this season but he had only three carries for 8 yards at halftime. Backup Isaac Redman was knocked out of the game with a concussion. Jonathan Dwyer has 15 rushing yards.
Pittsburgh converted one of its eight third downs in the first half.
The Steelers have won four consecutive times to pull to within a game of their rivals. The teams will play again in two weeks in Baltimore.
Joe Flacco was 15 for 22 for 116 yards and Ray Rice had 10 carries for 13 yards at halftime for Baltimore (7-2).
Roethlisberger was knocked out of last Monday's overtime win over the Kansas City, allowing Leftwich to make his first start with the Steelers over four seasons. It is Leftwich's first NFL start since September 2009 with Tampa Bay. He hasn't won a game he started in more than six years.
The Steelers have lost to the Ravens each of the past four times they played them without Roethlisberger.
The Ravens are missing three defensive starters of their own: linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb.
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You don't see too many sideline/postgame interviews end with the "thank you gorgeous" Baltimore Ravens WR Jacoby Jones dropped on NBC's Michele Tafoya Sunday night. While that's an awkward interaction, Tafoya to her credit was able to continue without getting flustered. And, at least...
Jacoby Jones was in an understandably good mood on Sunday night after the Baltimore Ravens defeated the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Like the victory, Jones’ stat line wasn’t exactly pretty. He caught only two passes for one yard, but he did score the Ravens’ only touchdown of the game on a 63-yard punt return in the first quarter.
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You have to love Jacoby Jones of the Texans trying out the whole “wink and thank you gorgeous,” move. Check out the below video of a quick interview with Jones following the Ravens 13-10 victory over the Steelers last night, and Jones doing his best to flirt subtly with Tafoya. We love it, do you Jacoby.
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Jacoby Jones played a crucial role in the Ravens’ 13-10 win over the Steelers with a game-defying 63-yard punt return touchdown. After the game, he was interviewed by NBC’s Michele Tafoya. As the interview concluded, he winked at Tafoya and said, “thank you, gorgeous”. She proceeded to chuckle like a little school girl.
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Jacoby Jones felt pretty good after his 63-yard punt return in the Ravens’ 13-10 win over the Steelers on Sunday night. He felt so good that during his postgame interview with NBC’s Michele Tafoya he decided to give her a little wink and end the interview with, “Thank you gorgeous” before jogging away.
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The 63 yard punt return for a touchdown by Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones was certainly a huge play in the game as it gave them the lead for good against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about the return after the game and if the Ravens did anything special on the play.
"It was a good effort by him," said Tomlin. "They did...
The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night 13-10 and after the game, NBC's Michelle Tafoya interviewed WR Jacoby Jones.Jones ended the interview with a wink to Tafoya and said "Thank you gorgeous." Check out the video below.Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights and more.
Baltimore shined in prime-time once again and improved to 8-2 on the season taking a two game lead in the AFC North standings. The Ravens have played in prime-time four games this season and remain undefeated when the bright lights are on. Sunday night’s game was much closer than expected, as the Ravens escaped Pittsburgh with a 13-10 victory over the Steelers. The Ravens struggled...
Jacoby Jones returned a punt for a touchdown, Justin Tucker kicked two field goals and the Baltimore Ravens took control of the AFC North with a 13-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.
The Ravens (8-2) moved two games in front of the Steelers (6-4) by shutting down Pittsburgh's offense, which sputtered without injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Jacoby Jones returned a punt for a touchdown, Justin Tucker
kicked two field goals and the Baltimore Ravens took control of the
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The Ravens have settled down and now have the lead against the Steelers. Free agent pick up Jacoby Jones took a punt 63 yards to give the Ravens a 10-7 lead.
Baltimore’s defense, particularly linebacker Paul Kruger, has been playing better since Pittsburgh’s initial drive of the game.