Steelers-Ravens highlights, lowlights
The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 26-23 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh:
Play of the game: With 7:37 left in overtime, Steelers quarterback Devlin Hodges completed a 10-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, but Baltimore cornerback Marlon Humphrey punched the ball out of Smith-Schuster’s hands and ended up recovering it on the Steelers’ 34-yard line. Four plays later, Justin Tucker kicked the game-winning field goal for the Ravens.
Offensive player of the game: Although he threw three interceptions, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson threw for 161 yards and rushed for 70 yards.
Defensive player of the game: Pittsburgh linebacker Vince Williams had nine tackles, including a sack, and a pass defensed.
Most telling statistic: The Ravens offense was on the field for 39 minutes to the Steelers’ 25:34.
Hidden statistic: Tucker has made 25-of-26 field goal attempts at Heinz Field.
Best run: Hodges scrambled 21 yards to the Baltimore 23 to set up a field goal late in the fourth quarter.
Best pass: The Steelers’ Mason Rudolph hit Smith-Schuster perfectly on a crossing pattern, and the play went for a 35-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Worst pass: Pittsburgh’s Jaylen Samuels overthrew James Washington while working out of the wildcat formation early in the first quarter. Baltimore’s Josh Bynes intercepted the ball, and it led to a Mark Ingram touchdown run.
Best catch: The Ravens’ Marquise Brown went high to snag an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jackson while also getting clobbered by the Steelers’ Joe Haden.
Dropped pass: Baltimore tight end Mark Andrews had a ball bounce off him while being defended by Minkah Fitzpatrick in the second quarter, and Pittsburgh’s Kameron Kelly intercepted it.
Best block: Steelers running back James Conner picked up Tony Jefferson on a blitz to give Rudolph enough time to find Smith-Schuster on the touchdown pass.
Missed block: Steelers guard Ramon Foster was beaten by Baltimore’s Pernell McPhee for a sack of Rudolph in the red zone on third down in the second quarter, forcing Pittsburgh to kick a field goal.
Best tackle: Williams spun Jackson around for a sack in the second quarter.
Missed tackle: Humphrey tried to punch the ball from Smith-Schuster earlier in the game and allowed a touchdown on it.
Best hit: Pittsburgh’s Stephon Tuitt slammed Ingram for a 1-yard loss on the first play of overtime.
Worst hit: Baltimore’s Earl Thomas knocked Rudolph out with a helmet-to-chin roughing-the-passer hit in the third quarter.
Best kick: Pittsburgh’s Jordan Berry had a 45-yard punt downed at the 1-yard line by Artie Burns in the fourth quarter.
Worst kick: The Steelers’ Chris Boswell had a kickoff go 53 yards, and Baltimore’s Justice Hill returned it from the Ravens 12 to the Pittsburgh 42 in the second quarter.
Best coverage: Pittsburgh’s Cameron Sutton forced the Ravens to kick a field goal on their first possession of the game by knocking away a third-down pass to Brown in the end zone.
Costliest penalty: A questionable roughing-the-passer call on Pittsburgh’s Olasunkanmi Adeniyi allowed the Ravens to get a first down, rather than facing a third-and-8, with 2:30 left in the game. Baltimore eventually kicked the game-tying field goal.
Best/worst call: Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin actually elected to go on defense first after winning the coin toss in overtime. It was rather an odd choice, but it proved to be a good call until the fumble.
Best effort: Baltimore was well prepared for Pittsburgh’s wildcat.
Unsung hero: Hodges was thrown into a tough position in the third quarter and completed 7-of-9 passes for 68 yards while giving the Steelers a chance to win.