There’s no question the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens have one of the best rivalries in sports considering how close the games are each time these AFC North rivals meet. On Sunday, the Ravens were looking to take advantage of a Steelers team that has struggled over the last couple of weeks with third-string quarterback Charlie Batch and stay close to the Houston Texans when it comes to the battle for the No. 1 seed in the AFC–but that was far from the case.
Pittsburgh pulled off one of the biggest surprises of Week 13 by escaping Baltimore with a 23-20 win thanks to a last-second 42-yard field by Shaun Suisham as time expired to help the Steelers improve to 7-5 and stay in the playoff hunt. The defense came up big by forcing two turnovers on Joe Flacco and Batch came up big in one could be his final NFL start after completing 25 of 36 passes for 276 yards with one touchdown and one interception–including a key seven-yard touchdown pass to Heath Miller in the fourth quarter to tie the game up at 20-20.
While the Steelers deserve plenty of credit for pulling off the win when nobody was giving them a chance, the Ravens have to be kicking themselves for all of the missed opportunities. There were numerous times throughout the game when Flacco would try to make a play out of nothing and because of some of these poor decisions–the No. 2 seed in the AFC is all of a sudden up for grabs.
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