Sunday, December 27, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Steelers 23, Ravens 20
By James Walker
PITTSBURGH -- It was another close rivalry game between the Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. But in the end, Pittsburgh narrowly prevailed to keep its postseason hopes alive.
The Steelers won for the fourth time in five tries against Baltimore with a 23-20 victory at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh (8-7) bucked a season-long trend by holding the Ravens (8-7) scoreless in the fourth quarter.
Pittsburgh's win creates an extremely murky AFC wild-card picture. Both the Ravens and Steelers are in the thick of the wild-card hunt with one week remaining. It's not totally inconceivable that both Baltimore and Pittsburgh could make the playoffs, pending the outcome of key games around the league.
Next week, the Steelers will travel to play the Miami Dolphins, and Baltimore also will be on the road against the Oakland Raiders. Both will be must-win games for the Ravens and Steelers.