Still think Charlie Batch can’t get it done?
Sunday in Baltimore, the Steelers, like an old prize fighter backed in the corner late in a fight, fought tooth and nail with a team that was supposed to dominate them, and in the end used a Shaun Suisham 42-yard field goal at the buzzer to beat the Ravens 23-20.
Batch outplayed the supposed “best QB in the NFL” in Joe Flacco, throwing 25-for-36 for 276 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He led the Steelers for 17 second half points, including 10 in the fourth quarter to clinch the win.
The game-winning drive started at the Steelers 15, and they went 12 plays and 61 yards to set up Suisham for the shot to end a long Ravens home winning streak. Which they did.
Baltimore had just two possessions in the fourth quarter, and with starting CB Ike Taylor on the bench most of the game with a bum ankle, they were only able to gain five yards on seven plays with a turnover by Flacco on a fumble.
Flacco went 16-for-34 for 188 yards with a touchdown and a pick. He also lost a fumble after a hit by James Harrison that gave the ball the Steelers in possession to score the game-tying TD on a pass from Batch to TE Heath Miller to make it 20 all.
The Steelers outgained the Ravens 366 to 288, and had a 34:21 to 25:39 time of possession advantage.
Things didn’t look good for the now 7-5 Steelers early, as they took an early 3-0 lead, but looked up late in the second quarter and trailed it 13-3 after Flacco threw a TD pass to Anquan Boldin from 28 yards out.
Batch led the team on a field goal drive to end the half, and then four minutes into the third Jonathan Dwyer rand for a 16-yard touchdown to tie the game at 13.
Ray Rice gave the Ravens a 20-13 lead with 4:50 left in the third after he broke off a 34-yard touchdown run, his longest run of the day.
In the end though, it was all Batch, all the time. He made some mistakes, but did just enough to get the Steelers the critical win they needed to break their two-game losing streak.
Next week the Steelers could possibly get Ben Roethlisberger back, and they will host the fading 4-8 San Diego Chargers at 1pm at Heinz Field.
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