Dec 2, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III (3) runs the ball as offensive guard Tyre Phillips (74) blocks Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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Sloppy Steelers hold off Ravens, stay unbeaten

In a game in which both teams were short-handed and appeared rusty, the Pittsburgh Steelers held on Wednesday afternoon to stay unbeaten with a 19-14 win over the visiting Baltimore Ravens.

The teams remained within a touchdown of each other until Ben Roethlisberger’s touchdown pass to Juju Smith-Schuster early in the fourth quarter gave Pittsburgh (11-0) a 19-7 lead, the eventual winning points.

The loss dealt a blow to the playoff chances of Baltimore (6-5).

Originally scheduled for Thanksgiving, the game was postponed three times because of COVID-19 issues with both teams. Several players from both sides sat out while on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, most prominently Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Roethlisberger was 36 of 51 for 266 yards with an interception and the touchdown.

Robert Griffin III, starting for Jackson, was 7 of 12 for 33 yards and an interception by Joe Haden, who returned it for a touchdown. Gus Edwards had a touchdown run for the Ravens.

Griffin spent the fourth quarter with his left leg on ice. Trace McSorley stepped in, going 2 of 6 for 77 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown to Marquise Brown to make it close.

The early part of the game was sloppy, including four turnovers in the first quarter.

Pittsburgh’s Vince Williams recovered a fumbled handoff for the first turnover.

The Steelers opted against a field-goal attempt on fourth-and-goal from the Ravens 1, but Roethlisberger’s toss under pressure was picked off by Tyus Bowser.

On a third-down play, Pittsburgh’s Haden stepped in front of receiver James Proche II to intercept Griffin and return the ball 14 yards for a touchdown. Chris Boswell missed the extra point, leaving the Steelers with a 6-0 lead.

The Ravens offense promptly experienced a quick three and out, but Pittsburgh returner Ray-Ray McCloud muffed the punt, and Baltimore’s Anthony Levine recovered at the Steelers 16-yard line. That led to Edwards’ 1-yard touchdown run up the middle for a 7-6 Ravens lead with 2:07 remaining in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Boswell made field goals of 25 and 27 yards, giving Pittsburgh a 12-7 halftime lead.

A 12-play, 61-yard drive that started in the third quarter ended with Smith-Schuster’s 1-yard touchdown catch at the right edge of the end zone to give the Steelers the 12-point fourth-quarter margin.

McSorley’s first career touchdown pass brought the Ravens to within 19-14 with 2:58 left, but the Steelers held on by converting three first downs.

–Field Level Media

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