Steelers beat Ravens, 23-20
Ben Roethlisberger throws passes to Hines Ward during warmups before their game against the Ravens at Heinz Field.
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Jeff Reed kicked a 38-yard field goal and the Steelers defense rose to stop Baltimore's final drive to beat the Ravens 23-20 today at Heinz Field.
The victory, their second straight, lifted the Steelers to 8-7 with one game left next Sunday at Miami. Baltimore fell to 8-7. Both teams remain in the wildcard playoff hunt heading into the final weekend.
The Steelers and Baltimore Ravens were tied 20-20 entering the final quarter.
Baltimore erased the Steelers' 10-point halftime lead in the first nine minutes of the second half. Todd Heap caught his second touchdown pass of the day, 7 yards from Joe Flacco.
The Ravens' Domonique Foxworth then intercepted Ben Roethlisberger to set up Billy Cundiff's 35-yard field goal to forge a 20-20 tie.
The Steelers led at halftime of their game today at Heinz Field.
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Rashard Mendenhall scored on a four-yard run early in the second quarter to extend the Steelers lead to 13-3. Mendenhall went over 1,000 yards rushing on that carry.
Baltimore scored its first touchdown on a 30-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Todd Heap.
The Steelers responded with a late drive to go ahead 20-10. Taking over at their six with two minutes to go, the Steelers drove 94 yards to score on Ben Roethlisberger's 24-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds left in the half.
Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in team history to top 4,000 yards passing in a season during the second quarter.
The Steelers led the Baltimore Ravens 6-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Jeff Reed kicked two field goals and Billy Cundiff one.
The Steelers struck first and used a play they haven't had in quite awhile -- an interception. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley hit the arm of quarterback Joe Flacco as he threw from his 14. The ball fluttered and linebacker James Farrior intercepted it; he returned it to the 8.
They went nowhere and Reed kicked a 26-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
The Ravens drove 64 yards on the next series that ended with Cundiff's 27-yard field goal. Reed made it three series, three scores when he kicked a 39-yard field goal to push the Steelers back on top 6-3.
First Published December 27, 2009 1:44 pm