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Sunday, December 14, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Steelers 13, Ravens 9


Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

BALTIMORE -- This is why the Pittsburgh Steelers made Ben Roethlisberger a $100-million quarterback.

Pittsburgh's offense struggled for three quarters, but Roethlisberger heated up during the fourth to lead the Steelers to a 13-9 come-from-behind victory over the Baltimore Ravens. A 12-play, 92-yard touchdown drive sealed it with 50 seconds remaining and it was the second scoring drive of the final period.

The victory gives the Steelers a playoff berth, the AFC North title for the second year in a row, and a first-round bye in the postseason. Pittsburgh (11-3) still has a chance to catch the Tennessee Titans (12-2) for the top seed as the two teams meet next week in one of the biggest games of the 2008 NFL season.

For the Ravens, it was the first home loss to Pittsburgh in their last six games. Baltimore (9-5) is still in good standing in the AFC wild card race but has another tough game upcoming on the road against the Dallas Cowboys.