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Steelers Breakdown: Week 14

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Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers in the Drive of the Game.

With less than two minutes to play and trailing 38-36. The Steelers faced third and 12 from their 16-yard line and Roethlisberger hit Jesse James for a 16-yard gain and a first down.

Roethlisberger completed a 34-yard pass Antonio Brown down the right sideline to the Raven 30-yard line.

“I trust in AB [Antonio Brown],” Roethlisberger said. “Our chemistry is incredible.”

The gain allowed Chris Boswell to boot another game-winning field goal. This time it was a 46-yarder with 46 seconds left for a 39-38 win, clinching the AFC North title.

“We’d like to score touchdowns at the end of the game,” Roethlisberger said, “but there’s no one I’d rather have [kicking a potential winning field goal] than [Boswell].”

Roethlisberger was the Player of the Game, as he completed 44 passes on 66 attempts for 506 yards and two touchdowns. He also had no interceptions.

“Championship teams find ways to win. Our guys made plays,” Roethlisberger said. “We came on late. We’ll do whatever it takes to win a football game.”

Head coach Mike Tomlin credited Roethlisberger’s performance after the game.

“Ben [Roethlisberger] was big time tonight,” Tomlin said. “That goes without saying."

Defensive Stand of the Game   

The Steelers cut the Ravens’ lead to38-36 with 3:29 left in the game. The defense had to force a three and out, which is exactly what they did, to hand the ball back over the offense with 2:25 left. Pittsburgh took over at the 17-yard line to start the game-winning drive.

“We finally settled down, got off the field, and got the ball back to our offense,” Steeler defensive lineman Cam Heyward said. “Starting tomorrow we need to clean some things up.”

Honorable Mention Player of the Game

Brown had 11 catches for 213 yards including a 57-yard catch down the right sideline for a 57-yard gain on third and ten, to the Raven 10-yard line with 10:09 left in the game. Three plays later, Roethlisberger hit Roosevelt Nix for a 1-yard touchdown pass to pull the Steelers to within two points at 31-29 with 9:15 left in the game.

Defensive Play of the Game

The Steelers won the toss and deferred. The Ravens took the opening kickoff and were driving in Pittsburgh territory. Flacco tried to hit Jeremy Maclin in the endzone, but he under-threw he and Sean Davis picked off the pass at the 6-yard line.

The Steelers took advantage of the takeaway and drove 59 yards in 8 plays capped by a 20-yard Ben Roethlisberger touchdown pass to Le’Veon Bell to take a 7-0 lead.

Defensive Gaffe of the Game

With the Steelers leading 17-7, Joe Flacco checked down to Alex Collins for a 3-yard screen pass. Collins was sandwiched by Arthur Moats and Sean Davis on the sideline but neither wrapped up the tackle and Collins bounced through both of them and scampered 57 yards down the sideline.

What should have been a 3-yard gain turned into a 57-yard gain to the Steeler 30 yard line. Two plays later, after more missed tackles, Collins turned the corner and broke 18 yards for a touchdown. The Ravens pulled to within three points at 17-14 with less than two minutes left in the first half.

Defensive Mental Breakdown of the Game

Sean Davis hit Collins out of bounds after a 21- yard run to move the ball to the Steeler 38-yard line. On the next play, Artie Burns was called for interference on Mike Wallace. The 31-yard penalty gave the Ravens the ball at the Steelers 6-yard line. The Ravens scored a touchdown on the next play to take a 31-20 lead late in the third quarter.

Poor Defensive Stand of the Game

After the Steelers scored a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to pull to within two points, they gave up a 40-yard kickoff return on the ensuing kickoff. Sean Davis was called for his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the first play and Artie Burns was called for pass interference for a 20-yard penalty. The Ravens scored a touchdown on the drive to take a 9-point lead.

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