Gerry Dulac's Two-Minute Drill: Steelers vs. Ravens
Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch argues to the official as he calls a false start against the Steelers Sunday in Baltimore.
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This was more than just Batch throwing for 276 yards -- his career high with the Steelers -- including 219 in the second half when he brought the team back from deficits of 13-3 in the first half and 20-13 in the fourth quarter. To bounce back from his three-interception performance in Cleveland and put some rhythm and production back in the offense makes this his most remarkable performance in 11 seasons with the Steelers. "For me, I just wanted another chance to start again after last week," Batch said. "But when you have a performance like that, you don't know if it's going to happen. I wanted to prove to myself I could still play."
A quick look at the top performances from Sunday's game:
1. DÉJÀ VU: In a play that was mindful of Troy Polamalu's strip sack in a big victory in Baltimore in 2010, James Harrison turned the game around when he stripped the ball from Joe Flacco on a third-down sack, and Ziggy Hood recovered at the Ravens 27. The Steelers needed only four plays to tie the score at 20-20 on Heath Miller's 7-yard TD catch with 7:24 remaining. It was only the second time this season the defense had two takeaways in a game. "Troy's was a little faster," Harrison said. "Mine was a little slower."
2. HEEEATH STRETCH: Miller had five catches for a season-high 97 yards and made several big plays, none more significant that when he caught a short pass from Batch and stretched with his left hand to hit the pylon for a 7-yard TD to tie the game. "I was just trying to get the ball across the goal line," Miller said.
3. DWYER'S FIRST: For the seventh time this season, the Steelers produced points on the opening drive of the second half. This time it was Jonathan Dwyer bouncing from the middle of the pile and running 16 yards around the left side for his first NFL TD. It also tied the score, 13-13. The blocker leading the way? Batch.
4. OH, NO, EMMANUEL: The Steelers had three turnovers against the Ravens, but the one that appeared to be the biggest came when Emmanuel Sanders fumbled near midfield after a 22-yard catch without being touched. The Ravens turned the mistake into a touchdown. "I would have scored on that play," Sanders said.
5EM-BOLDIN OFFENSE: Anquan Boldin was targeted 11 times in the first half and produced back-to-back catches of 31 and 28 yards over Cortez Allen, the latter for a touchdown, for a 13-3 lead in the second quarter.
"Nobody outside this locker room thought we could do what we did -- and that's win in Baltimore. To stick together and do what we did is a credit to everyone in this locker room. I don't want to say this was for our season, but for us to get into the tournament we needed a win.
-- Charlie Batch
WR Emmanuel Sanders really had no explanation for his fumble at midfield after a 22-yard catch -- a play in which he was never touched. The turnover led to the Ravens' go-ahead TD. "I was just trying to exchange the football and the ball popped out," Sanders said. And he didn't want to make an excuse when he dropped a third-down pass over the middle on the next series. But Sanders suffered a shoulder separation on the fumble and couldn't raise his arms to make the catch. "Everyone's going to make a mistake; it's how you bounce back," Sanders said.
vs SAN DIEGO CHARGERS, 1 P.M. SUNDAY: The Steelers (7-5) return home to face the San Diego Chargers (4-8) at 1 p.m. Sunday. Since they lost to the Chargers in the 1994 AFC Championship at Three Rivers Stadium, the Steelers have won eight of the past nine meetings.
First Published December 3, 2012 12:07 am