AFC North: 2011 Week 9 Rapid Reaction
November, 6, 2011
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
PITTSBURGH -- Thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' 23-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field:
What it means: Joe Flacco's 26-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith with eight seconds remaining allowed the Ravens (6-2) to complete their first season sweep of the Steelers (6-3) since 2006 and give them a share of first place in the AFC North with the surprising Cincinnati Bengals (6-2). This came after Baltimore failed to hold a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and fell behind 20-16 with 4:59 remaining. It was the first time since 2006 that the Ravens beat Ben Roethlisberger at Heinz Field.
Flacco's comeback: Trailing by four points (20-16) with 2:24 left, Flacco led a 12-play, 92-yard drive that ended with the touchdown pass. It's the second time in three trips to Heinz Field that Flacco has delivered the comeback.
Bouncing back: Smith, the rookie second-round pick, redeemed himself with the touchdown catch. He had his third drop of the game four plays earlier when Flacco's pass went off his fingertips in the end zone.
James Harrison storms back: In his first game after missing the previous four, Harrison recorded three sacks, including a critical forced fumble in the fourth quarter. It led to Roethlisberger's go-ahead touchdown pass to Wallace.
Suggs steps up: Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs made his presence known in the third quarter with the Steelers driving in the red zone when he picked off Roethlisberger. Suggs anticipated the quick pass and leapt in the air instead of rushing to make that play. The Ravens converted that turnover into a Ray Rice touchdown to take a 16-6 lead.
What's next: The Steelers travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals. The Ravens go cross country to play the Seattle Seahawks.