Found December 03, 2012 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
Everybody knew going in that the Steelers would once again be without Ben Roethlisberger. We also knew that Troy Polamalu and Antonio Brown would see some playing time and that due to injury the Steelers would be starting Kelvin Beachem at right tackle. The defense had been playing well, and continued to do so, but without Rothlisberger and with a seventh round pick at right tackle things didn’t look bright for the Steelers. In all honesty, I didn’t see the Steelers winning this game, but I am very glad that they did. For the third straight week the Steelers should have easily won the game and had it put away, but their own miscues and mistakes caused them to have to once again try to come from behind. Two weeks ago against the Ravens a punt return touchdown, three turnovers, and multiple offensive miscues caused the Steelers to lose 13-10 in a game they really deserved, maybe not to win, but at least not to lose. Last week the Steelers turned the ball over eight times and fumbled two other times, but got those back against the Browns. After all that Steelers fans were probably thinking that all of the team’s mistakes were out of their system and that they would be able to play a less-sloppy game this week. Not to mention injuries; the Steelers have suffered an inordinate amount of injuries this week and they were finally looking like they were getting healthy. However, once again things looked to be going the wrong way for the Steelers. Ike Taylor was lost for the game, and likely the next 2-6 weeks, on the second or third play of the game. His injury meant that the Ravens would be targeting his replacement, Cortez Allen, early and often. Luckily for the Steelers Allen and Keenan Lewis both stepped up in a big way and both played very well against Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, two very good receivers. As far as mistakes go, yes, those too came back into the equation. With six minutes left in the second quarter the Steelers intercepted a Joe Flacco pass and were set up at mid-field. Two plays later the Steelers attempted a receiver pass off of a reverse. That pass was intended for Jonathan Dwyer and intercepted. Midway through the third quarter Charlie Batch hit Emmanuel Sanders on a crossing route at midfield. Beyond Sanders was only green grass and he would have been in a foot race for the end zone. Instead Sanders lost the ball when he attempted to change hands with it; when he tried to regain possession he knocked the ball away from himself and it was recovered by the Ravens. Following that play the Ravens came onto the field with some momentum and drove right down the field for a touchdown to go up 20-13. Luckily for the Steelers the defense stepped up to the task. A James Harrison sack-fumble on Joe Flacco set the Steelers up at the Ravens 27 yard line. Four plays later Batch hit Heath Miller for a touchdown to tie the game. The Steelers defense once again stepped up after the touchdown. After only four plays the Ravens were forced to punt the ball back to the Steelers. Charlie Batch rallied the troops before the final drive; anyone watching the game could see his intensity in the huddle. A little over six minutes later the Steelers kicked a game winning field goal as time expired. This win moves the Steelers to 7-5 on the field and drops the Ravens to 9-3. It also means the Steelers aren’t out of the division picture at this point. Baltimore will face murderers row in the last four games of the year as they face the Redskins, Broncos, Giants, and Bengals to finish out the season. The Steelers will need the Ravens to lose three of four games as they run the table to win the division. That scenario is still not very likely, but for another few weeks the Steelers will still have a shot in the AFC North. If the NFL Playoffs started today the Steelers would head back to Baltimore to play the Ravens for a third time. A win against the Ravens and the Steelers would be on their way to play the Houston Texans in Houston, but there are still four more weeks of football to solidify that playoff picture.   The post This Time Around the Steelers Overcome Their Mistakes, Injuries Against the Ravens appeared first on SteelBlitz.
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