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Steelers nip Ravens in OT, keep playoff hopes alive

Field Level Media
10 Jan 2022, 08:05 GMT+10

Chris Boswell booted a 36-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining in overtime to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 16-13 victory over the host Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon.

The victory, combined with the Jacksonville Jaguars' upset of the Indianapolis Colts, keeps the Steelers (9-7-1) alive in the AFC postseason race. Pittsburgh will claim the No. 7 postseason spot as long as the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders don't play to a tie on Sunday night.

Baltimore (8-9) was eliminated with the loss, which was its sixth straight setback.

Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger completed 30 of 44 passes for 244 yards, one touchdown and one interception in what could have been his final regular-season appearance. Chase Claypool caught the scoring pass.

In the overtime, Roethlisberger completed third-down throws to Pat Freiermuth (14 yards) and Diontae Johnson (11) and a key 10-yard, fourth-down toss to Ray-Ray McCloud to help set up Boswell's decisive kick.

Steelers star T.J. Watt had one sack to match the NFL record of 22.5 set by Michael Strahan of the New York Giants in 2001.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (ankle) missed his fourth consecutive game. Tyler Huntley filled in and completed 16 of 31 passes for 141 yards and two interceptions.

Latavius Murray rushed for a season-high 150 yards on 16 carries and scored Baltimore's lone touchdown.

Baltimore outgained the Steelers 381 yards to 314.

Pittsburgh drove 50 yards on 10 plays to move ahead 13-10 with 2:54 remaining in regulation. Roethlisberger completed third-down passes of 20 yards to McCloud and 11 to Freiermuth to keep the drive alive prior to a 6-yard scoring pass to Claypool.

However, Baltimore answered by moving 40 yards on seven plays to set up Justin Tucker's 46-yard field goal to tie it at 13 with 1:13 remaining.

Earlier, Murray broke free up the middle on a 46-yard touchdown run to give the Ravens a 10-3 lead with 12:32 left in the third quarter. Boswell kicked a 40-yard field goal with 7:41 left to move Pittsburgh within four.

Later in the period, Murray gained 22 and 27 yards on back-to-back rushes to help Baltimore reach the Steelers' 12-yard line. But on the first play of the fourth quarter, Cameron Sutton intercepted Huntley in the end zone to keep Pittsburgh down 10-6.

Pittsburgh struck first on Boswell's 28-yard field goal with 6:06 left in the opening quarter.

The Ravens tied the score on Tucker's 24-yard field goal with 11 seconds left in the half. Watt recorded his record-tying sack 12 seconds earlier.

--Field Level Media

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