Steelers-Ravens highlights, lowlights

BALTIMORE – The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 22-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium:

Play of the game: The Steelers needed a two-point conversion to tie the game with a little more than 1 minute remaining, but Emmanuel Sanders failed to cleanly catch a pass from Ben Roethlisberger in the end zone.

Offensive player of the game: Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco completed 24-of-35 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown. He had a QB rating of 98.6.

Defensive player of the game: Pittsburgh’s Jason Worilds had 10 tackles, including two sacks, and forced a fumble.

Most telling statistic: The Ravens converted 10-of-17 third-down chances.

Hidden statistic: The last five Steelers-Ravens games have been decided by three points or less.

Best pass: Roethlisberger fired a 19-yard pass to Heath Miller between two defenders to the Baltimore 1-yard line with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game, setting up a touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery.

Worst pass: Roethlisberger short-hopped a couple of open receivers in the first half – one to Cotchery on a third-down play.

Best run: Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell got loose for a 43-yard gain that set up a touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Sanders in the third quarter.

Best catch: Sanders went up high to snag a third-and-9 pass from Roethlisberger for a 15-yard gain while getting hit by Baltimore’s Matt Elam in the second quarter.

Dropped pass: Steelers fullback Will Johnson failed to catch a third-and-goal pass from Roethlisberger at the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.

Best block: Miller cleared out Baltimore’s Daryl Smith on Bell’s 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Best tackle: Worilds sacked Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on second and goal in the first quarter.

Best hit: Worilds had a strip sack of Flacco in the second quarter. Baltimore’s Marshal Yanda recovered the ball, but the Ravens were forced to kick a field goal.

Biggest collision: Bell got his bell rung while being hit by Jimmy Smith and Courtney Upshaw on a run at the goal line late in the game. Bell lost his helmet on the play, which wiped out a touchdown.

Missed tackle: Pittsburgh’s William Gay missed Flacco on a third-down blitz in the second quarter.

Best coverage: The Steelers’ Cortez Allen went up over Jacoby Jones to knock down a second-quarter pass.

Worst coverage: Pittsburgh’s Ike Taylor was beaten several times by Torrey Smith, especially early in the game.

Best kick: Not one of his kicks stood out, but Baltimore’s Justin Tucker was a perfect 5-for-5 on field-goal tries.

Worst kick: Pittsburgh’s Shaun Suisham arrived too early on a 50-yard field-goal try in the second quarter and ended up not getting a first down when he ended up running with the ball.

Best return: Jones took back a kickoff 73 yards to the Pittsburgh 27-yard line to set up a field goal right after the Steelers had cut the deficit to 13-7.

Costliest penalty: Taylor was called for interference on Torrey Smith in the second quarter. The 26 yards on a third-and-7 play set up the Ravens for a field goal.

Best decision: The Ravens came out throwing deep, and it seemed to loosen up the Steelers’ defense.

Worst decision: The two-point conversion pass to Sanders didn’t seem like it was a high percentage throw.

Best effort: Roethlisberger completed 28-of-44 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns to give the Steelers a chance late in the game.

Unsung hero: The Steelers’ banged-up offensive line didn’t allow any sacks.

Best moment: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had a foot on the field of play and had to jump out of the way as Jones approached him on his 73-yard kickoff return. The scoreboard operator at M&T Bank Stadium showed the replay several times, igniting boos throughout the stadium. When Tomlin saw the replay and heard the response, he began to laugh, and that flashed across the scoreboard, fueling more boos.

Challenges: No red flags were thrown by the coaches.