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Steelers highlights-lowlights

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October 21, 2013
By Buck Frank (bfrank@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

PITTSBURGH - The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers' 19-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Heinz Field:

Play of the game: With 1 minute, 58 seconds remaining in a tied game, the Steelers' Emmanuel Sanders received a kickoff 7 yards deep in the end zone and returned it all the way for an apparent touchdown. The officials ruled he was out at his own 37-yard line, but the play spurred the Steelers toward their game-winning field goal.

Offensive player of the game: Pittsburgh rookie running back Le'Veon Bell rushed 19 times for 93 yards for a 4.9 yards-per-carry average.

Article Photos

Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich
At left: Derek Moye makes an acrobatic catch for the Steelers in the first half.

Defensive player of the game: Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons tied a career-high with 17 tackles, including 12 solos.

Most telling statistic: The Steelers converted 7-of-12 third-down opportunities.

Hidden statistic: Pittsburgh began five of its eight drives at its own 35-yard line or better.

Best pass: Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco hit Torrey Smith down the left sideline, despite good coverage from Ike Taylor, late in the third quarter for 41 yards.

Worst pass: Flacco underthrew Jacoby Jones on a third-quarter pass that would have been a touchdown but allowed Pittsburgh's William Gay to knock away the ball.

Best run: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger escaped for 19 yards on a third-and-1 play in the third quarter and received a big block downfield from running back Jonathan Dwyer.

Best catch: Pittsburgh's Derek Moye went up high and held on to the ball despite getting flipped by Baltimore's Matt Elam on a 19-yard gainer in the second quarter.

Dropped pass: Moye got his hands on a Roethlisberger pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter but couldn't haul in the ball with Lardarius Webb in coverage.

Best block: Steelers left guard Ramon Foster pulled to his right and helped clear the way on a shovel pass to tight end Heath Miller, which went for a 3-yard score in the first quarter.

Missed block: Ravens running back Ray Rice couldn't stop Pittsburgh's LaMarr Woodley from sacking Flacco in the second quarter.

Best tackle: Pittsburgh nose tackle Steve McLendon stopped Baltimore's Bernard Pierce (with help from Timmons) for a 1-yard loss on third and 1 in the first quarter.

Best hit: Steelers safety Troy Polamalu slammed into Baltimore's Tandon Doss on a 13-yard pass across the middle in the fourth quarter.

Missed tackle: With 56 seconds left in the game, Ravens cornerback Corey Graham allowed Antonio Brown to escape and race out of bounds with a 13-yard pickup to the Baltimore 38.

Best coverage: Gay knocked away another possible touchdown when he broke up a pass to Doss in the end zone in the fourth quarter after Flacco had scrambled away from the Pittsburgh rush.

Worst coverage: Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen was several steps behind Doss on an early 22-yard pass play across the middle on third down.

Best kick: Pittsburgh's Shaun Suisham made all four field goal attempts, including the game-winning 42-yarder into the open end of the stadium.

Worst kick: Baltimore's Justin Tucker, despite kicking off at the 40-yard line, did not get his kick to go through the end zone, allowing Sanders a key return.

Best return: Sanders' 44-yarder set up the Steelers for the game-winning field goal.

Costliest penalties: Baltimore rush linebacker Elvis Dumervil was whistled for two 15-yard penalties on one Steelers drive that resulted in a Suisham field goal.

Best decision: The Steelers ran several plays out of the wildcat formation and kept Baltimore's defense guessing.

Worst decision: Baltimore tried an onside kick with 13:04 left in the game while trailing by just four points. The Ravens were penalized on the play, and the Steelers recovered the ball and eventually kicked a field goal.

Best effort: The Pittsburgh offensive line, with Guy Whimper filling in for Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams seeing action as an extra tackle, helped the Steelers rush for 141 yards and kept Roethlisberger cleaner than in previous games.

Unsung hero: Polamalu collected eight tackles, broke up a pass and was a force on defense. He also added to his highlight reel by prematurely jumping over both teams' linemen when Baltimore lined up to kick the game-tying extra point.

Challenges: The Steelers successfully challenged the spot of the ball on a Marlon Brown reception at the end of the third quarter. The officials brought both teams back to the other end of the field and put 14 seconds back on the clock. The time then ran out, and the teams had to march back to the other side again. "This is the end of the third quarter, once again,'' referee Bill Leavy said.

 
 

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