Steelers vs. Ravens: Batch leads Steelers to comeback win

Charlie Batch threw for 276 yards as the Steelers beat the Ravens on Shaun Suisham's last-second field goal.

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Steelers' Ike Taylor joins injury list

Injuries are nothing new to the Pittsburgh Steelers this season, but just as they were beginning to get key players back on the field, they lost another starter for significant time.

Cornerback Ike Taylor injured his right fibula against the Raven's on Sunday and will likely be out of action between three and six weeks. Taylor suffered the injury during the first quarter against Baltimore. With four regular season games remaining, Taylor could miss the rest of the regular season. He would likely be able to return during the playoffs if Pittsburgh qualified and advanced.

While losing Taylor is a big blow, the Steelers did get some good injury news this week. Both Antonio Brown and Troy Polamalu returned to the field this week and neither player suffered a setback. Polamalu played limited snaps, easing back into action after missing seven games.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could possibly return this week against San Diego, but his status won't be known until later in the week.


Reaction as Batch bounces back to earn victory

Reaction from the Steelers' 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens and a look at the players who led Pittsburgh to the victory.


Boldin calls out officials

In a game between the best rivals in football on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers prevailed, 23-20, over the Baltimore Ravens.

After the contest, Ravens' star receiver Anquan Boldin wasn't happy with the officiating, saying he felt the calls weren't going both ways. According to, Boldin thought Pittsburgh's corners were getting away with overly physical play, while he was whistled for the same infractions.

"They were making bad calls all night, "Boldin said about the referees. "I know they don’t want me to say it, but this is what it was: You can’t allow a guy to hold and when a receiver breaks free, call a pass interference. You can’t have it both ways."

"If you are going to allow us to play football, let us play football," said Boldin. "If guys want to hold, I know how to get a guy off me. You can’t let a guy hold somebody and complain about a guy throwing somebody off when he is trying to get out of a route."

Boldin has a history of playing a very tough, physical style of football as a bigger receiver, but doesn't usually illicit penalties.

It had to be a frustrating day for Boldin, despite his personal success of 81 yards and a touchdown. Baltimore was expected to beat a very banged-up Steelers team at home, only to succumb to Charlie Batch and company.

The win for Pittsburgh was a much bigger deal for them than the loss is for the Ravens. With the victory, the Steelers stay ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals, if only by a tiebreaker for the sixth and final AFC playoff seed.


Steelers vs. Ravens: Thoughts on a huge win

Charlie Batch and the Steelers mounted an improbable comeback to defeat the Baltimore Ravens.


Batch, Steelers come away with huge 23-20 win

Charlie Batch and the Steelers came away with an unexpected 23-20 win over the Ravens Sunday evening.


Steelers still down after 3rd quarter, 20-13

Despite a touchdown by Jonathan Dwyer, the Ravens lead by seven at the end of the third quarter, 20-13.

The Steelers moved downfield early in the third quarter and tied the game 13-13 on Dwyer's 16-yard run, which came thanks in part to a great hustling block by quarterback Charlie Batch.

After forcing the Ravens to punt, it looked like the Steelers might grab the lead as Batch found Emmanuel Sanders at midfield wide open and with a clear path to the end zone. But Sanders inexplicably fumbled the ball, giving the Ravens the ball at their own 37. On the ensuing drive, Ray Rice rushed for a 34-yard touchdown.

After the Steelers got the ball back, Batch completed another long pass, this time to Antonio Brown, but the Steelers were eventually forced to punt. Sanders was injured on the drive, although he returned early in the fourth quarter. The Ravens had the ball at the end of the third quarter, and the Steelers will need to make up ground in the fourth.


Steelers fall behind 13-6 in rough second quarter

The Steelers offense stumbled through the second quarter, and the Ravens were able to take advantage, heading to the locker room with a 13-6 lead.

The Steelers had a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Ravens were driving at the time, and they concluded that drive early in the second quarter with a game-tying 45-yard field goal.

With Ike Taylor out with an ankle injury, the Ravens repeatedly attempted to exploit the matchup of Torrey Smith and young cornerback Cortez Allen. That nearly backfired when Allen almost picked off a pass in the Ravens' second drive of the quarter, but a few plays later, Allen got called for a big pass interference penalty in the red zone. That led to a 23-yard field goal to give the Ravens a 6-3 lead.

The Steelers, meanwhile, struggled to get anything going offensively -- their offense got the job done in the first quarter, but in the second quarter it looked like it has typically looked since losing Ben Roethlisberger to injury.

Near the middle of the quarter, Ryan Clark put the Steelers in good position by picking off a Joe Flacco pass near midfield, but the Steelers quickly gave that back with an interception of their own. Charlie Batch handed the ball off to Antonio Brown on a reverse, and Brown attempted to pass across the field to Jonathan Dwyer. It wasn't a terrible attempt, but Corey Graham showed great awareness in picking it off. A few plays later, Joe Flacco completed two straight long passes to Anquan Boldin, the second of which went for a 28-yard touchdown that gave the Ravens a 13-3 advantage.

Near the end of the quarter, Batch tried to connect with Mike Wallace on a couple deep balls, which might have worked out a lot better -- on one, Batch threw a perfect strike to Wallace, but Wallace simply dropped it completely. On another, a breakdown in the Ravens defense left Wallace wide open in the end zone, but Batch threw it well over his head. Shaun Suisham did kick a field goal with less than a minute left in the half to make it 13-6.


Steelers, Ravens tied early in 2nd quarter

The Ravens are driving at the end of the first quarter against Baltimore, but the Steelers are clinging to a 3-0 lead in what was, overall, a promising quarter for Pittsburgh.

Charlie Batch, looking considerably sharper than he did last week in a loss to the Browns, and new starting running back Jonathan Dwyer led a first-quarter drive that resulted in a perfect 46-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham. (And let's give it up for Suisham, by the way -- he's now 22-for-23 this season.) Meanwhile, the Steelers defense shut down Joe Flacco and the Ravens.

Batch went 5-of-8 for 30 yards in the first quarter. Dwyer had five runs for 25 yards. Flacco had gone 8-of-14 with 62 yards, as of early in the second quarter.

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter. Cortez Allen replaced him.

UPDATE: As I finish writing, the Ravens kicked a field goal to tie the game early in the second quarter.

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