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Steelers-Ravens highlights & lowlights

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December 3, 2012
By Buck Frank (bfrank@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers' 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore:

Play of the game: Pittsburgh's Shaun Suisham split the uprights on a 42-yard game-winning field goal as time expired.

Offensive player of the game: Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch completed 25-of-36 passes for 276 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

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Charlie Batch came up big in the fourth quarter for the Steelers Sunday in Baltimore.

Defensive player of the game: Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison recorded seven tackles and forced a fumble on a sack.

Most telling statistic: The Ravens converted just three of 11 third-down opportunities.

Hidden statistic: Batch was 8-for-8 on the Steelers' two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter.

Best pass: Baltimore's Joe Flacco threw a perfect 28-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin late in the second quarter to give the Ravens a 13-3 lead.

Worst pass: Flacco looked like he was just trying to throw the ball away in the second quarter, but it was an easy interception for Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark.

Best run: Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer was initially stopped but broke to the outside and scored on a 16-yard run in the third quarter to tie the game at 13-13.

Best catch: Boldin stretched out for a 6-yard catch and a first down in the first quarter.

Dropped pass(es): The Steelers' Emmanuel Sanders dropped one down the middle of the field in the third quarter several plays after he had fumbled a 21-yard reception without getting hit. Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace also couldn't haul in a pass down the right sideline late in the first half.

Best block: Steelers right tackle Kelvin Beachum and fullback Will Johnson opened up a hole for Isaac Redman to run 24 yards early in the fourth quarter.

Missed block: Johnson fanned on a blitzing Bernard Pollard, who stopped Dwyer in the backfield for a 3-yard loss in the third quarter.

Best tackle: Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons wrapped up Ray Rice after a short pass and held him to a 5-yard gain in the first quarter.

Best hit: Harrison beat Michael Oher and stripped the ball from Flacco in the fourth quarter as he tackled him. Ziggy Hood recovered the ball for the Steelers.

Missed tackle: Baltimore's Courtney Upshaw missed a chance to take down Dwyer on his 16-yard touchdown run.

Best coverage: Pittsburgh's Cortez Allen replaced an injured Ike Taylor, and although he was beaten a few times and was called for a key pass interference penalty, he finished with three passes defensed.

Worst coverage: Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis allowed Torrey Smith too much room on a second-quarter third-down pass that went for 13 yards.

Best kick: Suisham also hit a 46-yard field goal in the first quarter.

Worst kick: None worth noting.

Best return: Pittsburgh's Chris Rainey brought back a second-quarter kickoff 42 yards to help the Steelers get a field goal before halftime.

Costliest penalty: Baltimore was penalized 15 yards because Paul Kruger roughed Batch on a 10-yard completion to Wallace on the Steelers' game-winning drive. The Steelers moved from the Baltimore 44 to the 19 on the first play after the two-minute warning.

Best decision: A fake screen to Rainey, who had been inserted into the backfield, allowed Batch to find an open Heath Miller for a 23-yard pickup to the Baltimore 20-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

Worst decision: Baltimore coach John Harbaugh challenged an obvious Batch incompletion in the third quarter, costing his team a timeout.

Best effort: Miller stretched to hit the pylon with the ball while going out of bounds on a 7-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.

Unsung hero: Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler not only had Beachum prepared for his first start but also moved Maurkice Pouncey to left guard, allowing Doug Legursky to play center.

Challenges: Harbaugh was 0-for-1, while Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn't throw any red flags.

 
 
 

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