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Monday, October 21, 2013
Steelers stay relevant with win over Ravens

By Scott Brown

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PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers continued their winning ways, surviving another Joe Flacco-led fourth-quarter touchdown drive when Ben Roethlisberger answered with a late march that set up Shaun Suisham’s 42-yard field goal as time expired.

The Steelers have righted themselves after an 0-4 start, but the players were anything but crowing after the 19-16 win over the Ravens. They know there is still plenty of work ahead as they try to dig out from their worst start since 1968.

The Steelers and Ravens played yet another game that was decided by three points, and their first meeting this season was its usual hard-hitting affair. No one covered more ground than Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons. If it seemed like Timmons was in on every tackle that is because he registered a career-high (and eye-popping) 17 stops.

Game balls could have gone to a number of players after an inspired effort, including the Steelers’ entire offensive line. It controlled the line of scrimmage, allowing Le’Veon Bell to rush for a career-high 93 yards and average almost 5 yards per carry. The line also played its best game of the season despite losing right tackle Marcus Gilbert early after he aggravated a quadriceps injury.

Special teams also loomed large in the Steelers’ first home win of the season. Suisham is still perfect on field goals this season, and the last of his four field goals split the uprights. Emmanuel Sanders came within inches of returning a kickoff for a touchdown a couple of minutes before Suisham’s game-winning field goal. And the Steelers’ kickoff-return team recovered an onside kick attempt early in the fourth quarter.