Steel­ers elim­i­nate Ravens from play­off con­tention

The Washington Times Daily - - 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 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.

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Pitts­burgh Steel­ers re­ceiver An­to­nio Brown stretches the ball into the end zone for the game-win­ning touch­down on Sun­day.

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