Baltimore Ravens Outlast Pittsburgh Steelers 17-14

The Pittsburgh Steelers weren’t able to go 4-0 on their Ben Roethlisberger-less campaign as they fell to the Baltimore Ravens 17-14 in Week Four of the 2010 NFL Season.

Baltimore quarterback, Joe Flacco was instrumental in the victory making a key pass to receiver, T.J. Houshmandzadeh with 32 seconds left in the game to secure the win for his team.

Putting up 256 yards on a 24-of-37 performance, Flacco’s only mis-step on the day came by way of an ill-advised interception. Receiver, Anquan Boldin was key in the game-winning drive, catching two passes for 12 yards prior to Houshmandzadeh’s touchdown nab. Amazingly enough, all this came after the game looked seemingly over following a knocked down pass on a fourth down late in the fourth quarter. However, two false- start penalties for the Steelers later the Ravens got another 10 yards to work with in the last minute of play.

For all the dramatics, the Ravens had a relatively quiet offensive day, particularly on the ground. Running back, Willis McGahee had 14 carries for 37 yards and a touchdown while Ray Rice pitched with a mere 20 yards on eight carries.

Meanwhile, on the Steelers side, fourth-string quarterback, Charlie Batch put up 141 yards and an interception in a near-victory for Pittsburgh. His most impressive play of the day came with a 34-yard completion to Antwaan Randle El which ultimately set up a one yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter.

Batch got a lot of help on the ground courtesy of running back, Rashard Mendenhall who pounded in a 7-yard run midway through the fourth quarter that looked like it would be the go-ahead score before Flacco’s heroics.

Thanks to the victory, the Ravens and Steelers are now tied in the AFC North in what will likely be a competitive battle all the way until the end of the season.

The Steelers were set as a two-point favorite in this one on USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Weekly Betting Odds, losing to the Ravens outright however.  The over/under for the contest was set at 34.5 but with the game’s total reaching only 31 points, it went the under.

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