Steelers eliminate Ravens from playoff contention
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 9 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 coming as Brown fought through a pair of tacklers to assure the Steelers of a third straight 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 near midfield 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 four-game 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.
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown stretches the ball into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown on Sunday.