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Second Half Woes Continue For Struggling Steelers

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Pittsburgh took another step back Sunday night in the 26-14 loss to the Ravens, getting shutout in the second half for the second consecutive game, rattling off just 214 yards, leaving more questions than answers about the second half woes that have plagued the black and gold this season.


Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger accepted responsibility for the poor performance after the break.


I just didn’t make enough plays—point blank. I’ll take responsibility. It’s squarely on me,” Roethlisberger said. “I apologize to the fans and my teammates. I wasn’t good enough. I need to play better.”


Roethlisberger completed 27 passes on 47 attempts for 274 yards overall, but in the second half, he was a dismal 8-18 for 50 yards and one interception. The pickoff by Anthony Levine was with 3:15 left in the game and sealed the win for the Ravens.


They made more plays than us. I need to play better. Today was a bad day at the office,” Roethlisberger said. “We weren’t on the field enough (in the second half). I didn’t make enough throws and we didn’t make enough first downs. We couldn’t convert third downs. That’s on me.”


Head coach Mike Tomlin felt the game was lost due to the ineptitude in the second half.


Not enough play-making in the second half for us to securer victory and really it’s as simple as that,” Tomlin said. “We didn’t make enough plays quickly enough to get off the field (on defense) and we didn’t make enough plays to possess the ball (on offense),


There were some glaring stats in the second half, and especially the fourth quarter that emphasized the Steelers inability. The Ravens time of possession in the fourth quarter was 11:06 to the Steelers 3:54. Also, the Steelers only had one first down in the third quarter and no first downs in the fourth quarter.


(Baltimore) dominated the time of possession and was able to control the ball in the second half. We got to own that,” Tomlin said. “I’m not looking for patterns. They maintained possession of the ball and we didn’t.”


The defensive side of the ball did not fare any better in the second half. They gave up four field goal drives of 51, 37, 82, and 14 yards. Defensive lineman Cam Heyward was just as disappointed as Roethlisberger after the game.


We were tied at the half and came out in the third quarter 0-0 as far as I was concerned,” Heyward said. “We didn’t get off the field (in the second half). We kept giving (Baltimore) shots. We didn’t’ get the job done. That’s not the way to be successful.”

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