Steelers-Ravens highlights, lowlights
The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 28-10 season-ending loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday in Baltimore:
Play of the game: With the Steelers trailing 9-7 with 54 seconds left in the first half, quarterback Devlin Hodges fumbled the ball while getting sacked by Baltimore’s Matthew Judon. Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce recovered the ball at the Pittsburgh 23-yard line. Baltimore then scored a touchdown four plays later to go up 16-7 at the half.
Offensive player of the game: Baltimore’s Gus Edwards ran for 130 yards on 21 carries.
Defensive player of the game: Pittsburgh cornerback Joe Haden had an interception and fumble recovery while leading a secondary that limited Baltimore to less than 100 yards passing.
Special teams player of the game: Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts on a wet field.
Most telling statistic: Baltimore possessed the ball for 39 minutes, 27 seconds by rushing for 223 yards.
Hidden statistic: The Steelers lost a Week 17 game for the first time since 2007.
Best run: Pittsburgh’s Benny Snell burst up the middle and maintained his balance on a 19-yard run to set up his own touchdown early in the second quarter.
Best pass: Let me know if anyone saw any in that game.
Worst pass: Hodges threw high to JuJu Smith-Schuster in the fourth quarter, and Baltimore’s Anthony Averett nearly had an interception.
Best catch: Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst one-armed a Robert Griffin III pass in the first quarter for 20 yards.
Dropped pass: Steelers linebacker Devin Bush failed to come up with a second-quarter interception on a pass that hit him in the arms.
Best block: Baltimore receiver Willie Snead helped spring Edwards for a 38-yard run in the first quarter by taking out Haden.
Missed block: Steelers left guard Ramon Foster didn’t slow up blitzing cornerback Brandon Carr, who sacked Hodges for a 7-yard loss midway through the second quarter.
Best tackle: Pittsburgh linebacker Bud Dupree got an escaping RG3 by the legs for no gain in the second quarter.
Best hit: Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt punched the ball from Edwards on a third-quarter run, and Haden recovered the ball.
Missed tackle: Pittsburgh’s Terrell Edmunds, Cameron Heyward and Steven Nelson all had a crack at Justice Hill on his 8-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter.
Best kick: Pittsburgh’s Jordan Berry boomed a 54-yard punt in the fourth quarter that was downed at the Baltimore 2 by Justin Layne.
Worst (non-)kick: Berry let a snapped ball slip through his hands in the fourth quarter, and it ended up being a touchdown for the Ravens when Jordan Richards recovered the ball in the end zone.
Best coverage: Nelson knocked away a pass to Ravens receiver Jaleel Scott in the end zone in the first quarter.
Costliest penalty: Hodges was called for intentional grounding in the end zone in the fourth quarter, resulting in a Ravens safety.
Best call: Facing a fourth-and-1 at their own 11 with 9:19 left in the game, the Ravens ran a fake punt with Anthony Levine taking a direct snap and getting 2 yards and a first down.
Worst call: Hodges tried a low-percentage fade pass to Smith-Schuster on third-and-goal from the 8 in the third quarter when the Steelers were still in the game.
Questionable call(s): Leading 28-10 with 4:13 left in the game, the Ravens had RG3 attempt a deep pass. Then, with 30 seconds left in the game, Baltimore actually attempted a pass on fourth-and-6.
Best effort: The Ravens certainly came to play despite already having the AFC’s top seed already clinched.
Unsung heroes: Baltimore’s offensive line helped the team set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a season.