Claypool helps unbeaten Steelers edge Ravens
Chase Claypool’s 8-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter Sunday gave the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers a 28-24 win over the AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens.
Ben Roethlisberger found Claypool on the right edge of the end zone with 7:29 remaining for the game’s fourth lead change.
Pittsburgh (7-0), which is the NFL’s lone undefeated team, trailed 17-7 at halftime to Baltimore (5-2).
Roethlisberger finished 21 of 32 for 182 yards, with tight end Eric Ebron also making a touchdown catch. James Conner had a touchdown run.
Lamar Jackson completed 13 of 29 passes for 208 yards with two costly interceptions, including one returned by Robert Spillane for a touchdown. Miles Boykin and Marquise Brown each had a touchdown catches and Gus Edwards had a scoring run.
Baltimore All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley was carted off the field with an air cast on his left leg in the first quarter. Right guard Tyre Phillips left because of an ankle injury.
Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon was ejected for intentional contact with an official during a skirmish in the second quarter.
On the game’s third snap, Spillane picked off a pass and returned it 33 yards to the end zone to open the scoring. It was Jackson’s first career interception returned for a touchdown.
Willie Snead’s 34-yard reception set up Jackson’s 6-yard scoring pass to Boykin to forge a 7-7 tie.
The Ravens seized a 14-7 lead when Edwards plowed in from the 1-yard-line to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive.
Justin Tucker’s 51-yard field goal as time expired in the first half pushed Baltimore’s lead to 17-7.
Jackson’s second interception, by Alex Highsmith, set up the Steelers at Baltimore’s 21. Two plays later, Ebron was wide open coming across the middle and reeled in a Roethlisberger pass for an 18-yard touchdown to close it to 17-14.
The Pittsburgh offense found its rhythm on a 10-play, 77-yard drive that resulted in Conner’s 1-yard scoring run for a 21-17 lead at 5:38 of the third.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Jackson hit Devin Duvernay for 39 yards to the Steelers 18, the key play in a 53-yard drive. Brown’s 3-yard scoring catch put Baltimore back on top 24-21.
–Field Level Media