Pittsburgh ousts Baltimore
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