Pitts­burgh ousts Baltimore

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Will Graves

pitts­burgh» The Pitts­burgh Steel­ers rode Ben Roeth­lis­berger’s right arm and An­to­nio Brown’s left arm to the AFC North ti­tle.

Roeth­lis­berger shook off a pair of in­ter­cep­tions to throw two late touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 4-yard strike to Brown with nine sec­onds re­main­ing to lift the Steel­ers to a 31-27 vic­tory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sun­day night. Brown caught Roeth­lis­berger’s pass just short of the goal line and stretched the ball into the end zone with his left hand to cap a wild fourth quar­ter and give Pitts­burgh (10-5) its se­cond divi­sion ti­tle in three years.

The Ravens took the lead on Kyle Juszczyk’s 10-yard burst up the mid­dle with 1:18 re­main­ing. But Roeth­lis­berger calmly led the Steel­ers 75 yards in 10 plays, the last 4 yards com­ing as Brown fought through a pair of tack­lers to en­sure the Steel­ers a third con­sec­u­tive play­off berth.

“Right be­fore we went out,” Brown said, “we said, ‘Let’s get the game-win­ning touch­down and get out of here.’ ”

The Ravens (8-7) were of­fi­cially elim­i­nated when Joe Flacco’s pass was in­ter­cepted on the fi­nal play.

Kansas City se­cured a play­off berth with the Baltimore loss.

The Steel­ers have won six straight and ended a fourgame los­ing streak to Baltimore.

Roeth­lis­berger fin­ished with 279 yards pass­ing and three touch­downs to over­come two third-quar­ter in­ter­cep­tions. Those picks al­lowed the Ravens to take a 20-10 lead on Justin Tucker’s fourth field goal with 14:21 to play.

Brown caught 10 passes for 96 yards to join Hall of Famer Marvin Har­ri­son as the only play­ers with four straight sea­sons with at least 100 re­cep­tions.

Le’Veon Bell ran for 122 yards and a 7-yard touch­down that kick-started Pitts­burgh’s rally dur­ing a fourth quar­ter that fea­tured 31 com­bined points and three lead changes in the fi­nal 7:16.

Flacco passed for 262 yards, in­clud­ing a pretty 18yard dart to Steve Smith that put Baltimore up 14-10 early in the third quar­ter. Smith ended up with seven re­cep­tions for 79 yards, but the Ravens crum­bled late. Their de­fense put up lit­tle re­sis­tance as Roeth­lis­berger clin­i­cally got his team in po­si­tion to get back to the play­offs.

Pitts­burgh Steel­ers wide re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown stretches the ball across the goal line for the win­ning score Sun­day. Fred Vuich, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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