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Steelers highs and lows

November 19, 2012
By Buck Frank ( , The Altoona Mirror

PITTSBURGH - The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers' 13-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night at Heinz Field:

Play of the game: Baltimore's Jacoby Jones hauled in a punt at his own 37-yard line, sprinted up the middle and cut back across the field and outran Pittsburgh punter Drew Butler to the end zone for a 63-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Offensive player of the game: Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin caught eight passes for 79 yards.

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Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich
Ravens QB Joe Flacco tries to throw a pass over the Steelers defense.

Defensive player of the game: Baltimore cornerback Corey Graham intercepted a pass and recorded eight tackles.

Most telling statistic: The Steelers offense, which led the league on third down, converted just five-of-17 chances.

Hidden statistic: The Steelers are 0-5 against the Ravens when Ben Roethlisberger watches from the sideline.

Best pass: Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco threw off his back foot and hit Ray Rice in stride down the right sideline for a 31-yard gain in the first quarter.

Worst pass: Pittsburgh's Byron Leftwich underthrew Emmanuel Sanders on a third-and-8 pass in the third quarter, and Graham intercepted the ball.

Best run: Leftwich ran away from Terrell Suggs, avoided a couple of tackle attempts and ended up going 31 yards for an early first-quarter touchdown.

Best catch: Sanders came across the field to snag a 37-yard pass from Leftwich in the third quarter.

Dropped pass: Not technically a drop, but Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace couldn't get both feet down on a pass in the end zone in the third quarter.

Best block: Sanders helped spring Leftwich on his touchdown run by taking out Graham.

Missed block: Pittsburgh rookie right tackle Mike Adams was beaten badly by Baltimore's Paul Kruger for a sack of Leftwich on third-and-10 in the first quarter.

Best tackle: Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor tripped up Baltimore's Bernard Pierce in the open field on a second-quarter run.

Best hit: Baltimore safety James Ihedigbo crushed Leftwich on a fourth-quarter sack. Leftwich was evaluated for a rib injury after the play.

Missed tackle: Taylor and Lawrence Timmons allowed Boldin to escape after a short reception and pick up a first down on a third-and-10 play in the second quarter.

Best coverage: Taylor knocked away and nearly intercepted a deep pass to Torrey Smith in the first quarter.

Worst coverage: Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley was several steps behind Rice on the 31-yard pass play in the first quarter.

Best kick: Baltimore's Sam Koch punted a ball 54 yards, and it was fair-caught by Sanders at his own 12-yard line in the first quarter.

Worst kick: The Ravens' Justin Tucker was wide right on a 41-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Best return: Jones' punt return was the difference in the game.

Costliest penalty: Baltimore's Cary Williams was called for pass interference on the first play of the game, and the Steelers gained 42 yards.

Best decision: A screen pass to Jonathan Dwyer on second-and-14 at their own 12-yard line netted 15 yards for the Steelers in the third quarter. Let's add, though, that the Steelers should have given Dwyer more carries than the 12 he received.

Worst decision: The Steelers burned two timeouts on one drive in the third quarter.

Best effort: The Ravens, as a team, played mistake-free football.

Unsung hero: Koch finished with a net average of 42.5 on his eight punts, helping keep the Steelers in bad field position throughout the game.

Replays: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin successfully challenged the spot of the ball on an 8-yard pass from Leftwich to Dwyer in the fourth quarter. The Steelers received a first down after a review.

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