The Pittsburgh Steelers were helped on their way to the playoffs by losses to both the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets. The last piece of the equation that gives the Steelers hope in Week 18 is beating the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football. It came down to the final seconds, but a late Kenny Pickett touchdown to Najee Harris revived Pittsburgh in a 16-13 win.
The Ravens won the toss and delayed, so the Steelers started the game with the ball. Pittsburgh moved the ball well on its opening drive. FB Derek Watt’s first down conversion on 3rd-and-1 was followed by another conversion when QB Kenny Pickett found RB Jaylen Warren out of the backfield on 3rd-and-2 for a 10-yard gain. Two plays later, Warren took a jet sweep 31 yards to the Baltimore 13-yard line, and the Steelers would get 1st-and-goal after Pickett’s QB sneak on 3rd-and-short. A false start penalty against TE Pat Freiermuth would back the Steelers up to the Baltimore 7, and the Steelers couldn’t find the end zone after a 3rd down and an incomplete fade to WR George Pickens in the end zone. K Chris Boswell hit a 21-yard field goal and the Steelers took a 3-0 lead with 7:01 left in the first quarter.
On a 3rd-and-6 scramble by QB Tyler Hundley that moved Baltimore into Pittsburgh territory, Huntley hit TE Mark Andrews at the Pittsburgh 43 on third down. , Hundley connected with WR Demarcus Robinson for a nine-yard gain and a first down, then RB JK Dobbins, who torched the Steelers for 120 yards on 15 carries in the first meeting between the two teams, ran for 15 runs over the middle. -yard gain. An incomplete pass to WR Deason Jackson stalled the drive on 3rd-and-5, and K Justin Tucker made a 30-yard field goal to knot the game at 3-3 with 14:09 left in the first half.
RB Najee Harris picked up first downs with a nine-yard run and a five-yard run, but Q.B. Kenny Pickett was tripped on the next play. The Steelers faced 2nd-and-17. A 14-yard gain on 2nd down. B Pressley Harvin III kicked a 48-yard drive that was downed at the Baltimore 6-yard line.
The Steelers forced a three-and-out, and B Jordan Stout’s punt went to the Baltimore 36. A possession against S Minkah Fitzpatrick cost the Steelers 10 yards, so they’ll start at their own 26. A jet sweep by WR Gunner Olszewski went for a first down on second down for six yards, then a punt return by Warren gave the Steelers a first down. On 2nd-and-10 from the Pittsburgh 46, Warren gained five yards, and on 3rd-and-5, Pickett escaped the pocket and threw to TE Pat Freiermuth for 10 yards and a first down. Pickett’s pass to Freiermuth on 3rd and 3 was broken up by S Chuck Clark, which would be the last first down of the drive. Boswell’s 48-yard field goal hit the right upright was no good, so the Ravens would win at their own 30.
A Dobbins 17-yard run after a false start would start a Baltimore drive, and Huntley would get another first down after the two-minute warning at the Pittsburgh 39. Dobbins’ 12-yard run on the next play followed a nine-yard completion to TE Mark Andrews for a first down inside the red zone two plays later. A QB framed by Huntley was stuffed for no gain, then TE Isaiah Likely was stopped by LB Robert Spillane for a six-yard loss. With 22 seconds left in the half, Baltimore faced 3rd-and-16 from the Pittsburgh 22. On 3rd down, Dobbins ran for seven yards, and then after the play ended, DL Cameron Heyward was called for a highly questionable unnecessary roughness penalty with 11 seconds left. in half. On the next play, Likely caught a touchdown pass and Tucker’s extra point gave the Ravens a 10–3 lead.
Baltimore had the ball to start the second half and they opened their drive with a 14-yard completion to Andrews. On 3rd-and-7 a few plays later, Andrews gained 18 yards and S Minkah Fitzpatrick was injured. Fitzpatrick returned a few plays later and was able to prevent the Steelers from picking up a first down, but K Justin Tucker nailed a 51-yard field goal attempt and the Ravens took a 13-3 lead with 9:31 left. In the third quarter.
Pittsburgh’s offense took a first down on the second play of their next drive on RB Najee Harris’ 15-yarder, but two plays later on 2nd and 7, Harris lost seven yards on a run. On 3rd and 14, Pickett threw to the sticks, and WR George Pickens made a spectacular grab for a first down. After two plays on 3rd-and-4 from the Baltimore 44, Pickett passed to RB Jaylen Warren, who picked up six and a first down. The Steelers countered with runs of five yards and one yard by Harris after another 3rd-and-4, and Pickett was blitzed by S Kyle Hamilton and his throw to WR Deonte Johnson fell incomplete. The Steelers sent Boswell outside for a 51-yard try and he cut the lead to 13-6 with 3:42 left in the third quarter.
The Ravens’ drive started again with a bang as Dobbins ran for 22 yards and a first down. Two plays later on 2nd and 8, OLB TJ Watt was able to get to Huntley for Pittsburgh’s first down, and the Ravens were on 3rd and 18. They couldn’t take the first game and Stout’s delivery was fairly caught. WR Steven Sims at Pittsburgh 10. Holding against Elijah Riley means Steelers start the drive at their own 5.
Najee Harris’ strong run on first down gained 10 yards and was marked just short of a first down, but he was good enough for a first down on his next run before the fourth quarter. That was followed by a 15-yard run by Harris and a 15-yard reception by Pickens. Warren’s first-down run moved the Steelers to the Baltimore 42 a few plays later, and after a six-yarder on 3rd-and-4, a Harris run hit Pickett Johnson on a curl route and he gained a few yards after making the catch for 21. -yard gain. Inside the red zone at the Baltimore 15, the Steelers ran the ball on back-to-back plays without gaining a yard. Pickett’s pass fell incomplete on 3rd-and-10, and Boswell’s third field goal cut the Ravens’ lead to 13-9 with 9:44 left in the fourth quarter.
Boswell’s ensuing kickoff was returned by RB Justice Hill 56 yards to the Pittsburgh 40. Hundley’s two-for-loss and an incompletion led to a 3rd-and-12, and his pass to Likely was dropped. The Ravens punted, and Simms Fair grabbed the ball at the Pittsburgh 8 with 8:45 left to play. On first down, Warren ran for six yards, then picked up a first down with a nine-yard run on second down. Pittsburgh ran it over on the next play, and Pickett paid Johnson, who couldn’t get both feet down the sideline. On 2nd and 10, Pickett was sacked after not finding an open receiver, and on 3rd and 18, his pass to Freiermuth fell incomplete. With 6:42 left, the Steelers had to punt it back to Baltimore. Harvin’s punt was returned 50 yards for a two gain. Baltimore would start the drive at their own 36.
The Ravens gained four yards on a short pass to Andrews on first down, and Dobbins made it 3rd-and-3. The Ravens drove back down the field, but Dobbins was stuffed, giving Pittsburgh the ball back on the play. . Stout’s punt went into the end zone for a touchback.
Harris gained seven yards on first down and Pickett’s dump-off made it 3rd-and-1. The Steelers QB went for a third down sneak and a first down. Pickett went downfield on first down and threw a dart to Freiermuth for a 20-yard gain to midfield. On the last play before the two-minute warning, Pickett threw another strike, this one to Sims for 28 yards to the Baltimore 22.
The Steelers went back to Sims on a jet sweep, and he was able to run four yards to set up a 2nd-and-6. Harris ran five yards and jumped over the hole to get a first down. The Steelers went to the tried-and-true QB sneak again, and with a push from Harris, Pickett was able to get a first down. With the clock ticking down, the Steelers went through the air on 1st down and Pickett’s pass for the end zone fell incomplete. With 1:06 left, Harris was pushed out of bounds on a scrimmage, and the Ravens called their final timeout on 3rd-and-8. On 3rd and 8, Pickett escaped a sack and found Harris in the end zone to give the Steelers a 15-13 lead. Boswell’s extra point was good and the Steelers took a 16-13 lead with 56 seconds left.
Boswell’s kickoff was a touchback, and on first down Hundley’s pass was dropped by Isaiah Likely. A holding penalty against the Ravens on 2nd down set them back 10 yards. On 2nd and 20, Hundley threw to Andrews over the middle of the field for 18 yards, and the clock kept ticking down. After a first down to Andrews, the Ravens spiked the ball at the Baltimore 38 with 20 seconds left. Hundley drove down the field, but his pass was picked off by Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Steelers came away with a 16-13 win over Baltimore.
The win keeps the Steelers’ playoff hopes alive in Week 18 and moves them to 8-8 on the season.
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