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Dramatically, the Steelers defeated the Ravens 16-13 and remain in playoff hunting

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The Pittsburgh Steelers got help on their way to the playoffs earlier today, with the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets trailing. The last part of the equation to give the Steelers hope in Week 18 was beating the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football. It got down to the final seconds, but a late Kenny Pickett touchdown to Najee Harris kept Pittsburgh alive in a 16-13 victory.

The Ravens won the coin toss and held it off, then the Steelers opened the game with the ball. Pittsburgh moved the ball well on their opening drive. A first down conversion on 3rd-and-1 by FB Derek Watt was followed by another conversion as QB Kenny Pickett found RB Jaylen Warren for a 10-yard gain out of backfield on 3rd-and-2. Two plays later, Warren made a jet sweep 31 yards to Baltimore’s 13-yard line, and the Steelers would get a 1st and a goal after a QB Sneak by Pickett on 3rd and short. A false start penalty against TE Pat Freiermuth would prop the Steelers up to the Baltimore 7, and the Steelers would not find the end zone after a third and goal fade to WR George Pickens in the end zone was incomplete. K Chris Boswell connected on a 21-yard field goal and the Steelers took a 3-0 lead with 7:01 left in the first quarter.

Baltimore moved the ball into Pittsburgh territory on a four-yard run by QB Tyler Huntley that set it up 3rd and 6, and on third down Huntley hit TE Mark Andrews for a first down at the Pittsburgh 43. On 3rd and 8 later on the drive, Huntley connected with WR Demarcus Robinson for a nine-yard gain and a first down, and then RB JK Dobbins, who burned the Steelers with 120 yards on 15 carries in the teams’ first meeting, ran down the middle for a 15-yard gain . The drive stalled with an incomplete pass to WR Desean Jackson on 3rd and 5, and K Justin Tucker made a 30-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3 with 14:09 left in the first half.

RB Najee Harris caught a first down with a nine-yard run and a five-yard run, but QB Kenny Pickett stumbled on a rollout on the next play and the Steelers faced a 2nd-and-17. Pickett and WR Diontae Johnson connected for a gain 14 yards on 2nd down, but on 3rd and 3, George Pickens was flagged for illegal touching and the Steelers had to punt. P Pressley Harvin III kicked a 48-yard punt that was downed at Baltimore’s 6-yard line.

The Steelers forced a three-and-out, and P Jordan Stout’s punt went to the Baltimore 36. Holding against S Minkah Fitzpatrick on the punt cost the Steelers 10 yards, so they would start on their own 26. A jet sweep by WR Gunner Olszewski’s six yards on second down went to first, and then back-to-back Warren runs gave the Steelers another first. On 2nd and 10 of the Pittsburgh 46, Warren gained five yards and on 3rd and 5, Pickett broke out of the pocket and made a very good throw to TE Pat Freiermuth for 10 yards and a first down. That would be the last first down of the race, as Pickett’s pass to Freiermuth in 3rd and 3rd was broken up by S Chuck Clark. Boswell’s 48-yard field goal hit the right post and didn’t go well, so the Ravens would take control with their own 30.

A 17-yard run by Dobbins off a false start would kick off Baltimore’s offense, and Huntley would pick up another first down shortly after the two-minute warning for the Pittsburgh 39. A 12-yard run by Dobbins on the next play was followed by a Nine-yard completion to TE Mark Andrews two plays later for a first down in the red zone. A QB designed run by Huntley was stuffed for no gain, and then TE Isaiah Likely was stopped by LB Robert Spillane for a six-yard loss. With 22 seconds left in the half, Baltimore faced 3rd and 16 from Pittsburgh 22. On 3rd down, Dobbins ran for seven yards, and after the play, DL Cameron Heyward was called for a very questionable unnecessary roughness penalty with 11 seconds left in half. On the next play, Likely caught a touchdown pass and Tucker’s extra point gave the Ravens a 10–3 lead going into halftime.

Baltimore had the ball to start the second half and opened up their offense with a 14-yard completion to Andrews. On 3rd and 7 a few plays later Andrews gained 18 yards and S Minkah Fitzpatrick was injured. Fitzpatrick came back a few plays later and the Steelers were able to prevent the Ravens from picking up another first down, but K Justin Tucker connected on a 51-yard field goal attempt and the Ravens took a 13–3 lead with 9:31 left in the third. quarter.

Pittsburgh’s offense got a first down on the second play of their next drive on a 15-yard run by RB Najee Harris, but two plays later on 2nd and 7, Harris lost seven yards on a run as the block exploded. On 3rd and 14, Pickett shot straight into the sticks and WR George Pickens made an impressive catch to take first down. On 3rd and 4 from the Baltimore 44 two plays later, Pickett went short to RB Jaylen Warren, and Warren gained six and a first down. The Steelers faced another 3rd and 4 after runs of five yards and one yard by Harris, and Pickett was hit by S Kyle Hamilton and his throw to WR Diontae Johnson was incomplete. The Steelers sent Boswell out for a 51-yard drive, and he managed to cut the lead to 13-6 with 3:42 left in the third quarter.

The Ravens’ drive again got off to a strong start, with Dobbins rushing for 22 yards and a first down. On 2nd and 8, two plays later, OLB TJ Watt managed to get to Huntley for the first sack of the game in Pittsburgh and the Ravens were up 3rd and 18. They couldn’t get the first one, and Stout’s punt was fair WR Steven Sims at Pittsburgh 10. Holding against Elijah Riley would mean the Steelers’ drive would start at their own 5.

A strong run by Najee Harris on first down gained 10 yards and was scored just short of first down, but he managed just enough for first on his next drive just before the fourth quarter. This was followed by a 15-yard run by Harris and a 15-yard catch by Pickens. A Warren first down run a few plays later moved the Steelers to the Baltimore 42, and on 3rd and 4 after a six-yard Harris run, Pickett hit Johnson on a curl route and he gained a few yards after the catch for a 21 – yard gain. Inside the Baltimore 15’s red zone, the Steelers ran the ball on consecutive plays and ended up not gaining a yard. Pickett’s pass on 3rd and 10 was incomplete, and Boswell’s third field goal of the game cut the Ravens’ lead to 13–9 with 9:44 left in the fourth quarter.

Boswell’s ensuing kickoff was returned by RB Justice Hill 56 yards to the Pittsburgh 40. A two down and Huntley incompletion led to a 3rd and 12, and his pass to Likely was thrown out. The Ravens punted and Sims fair caught the punt at the Pittsburgh 8 with 8:45 left in the game. On first down, Warren ran six yards and then picked up first down with a nine-yard run on second down. Pittsburgh showed off on the next play, and Pickett hit the money to Johnson, who couldn’t get both feet in bounds along the sideline. On the 2nd and 10th, Pickett was sacked for failing to find an open receiver, and on the 3rd and 18th, his pass to Freiermuth was incomplete. With 6:42 left, the Steelers had to punt back to Baltimore. Harvin’s punt was 50 yards, returned for a gain of two. Baltimore would begin its journey on its own 36.

The Ravens gained four yards on a short pass to Andrews on first down and a three-yard run by Dobbins set up on 3rd-and-3. The Ravens got back on the ground, but Dobbins was stuffed for Pittsburgh’s offense to get the ball back. . Stout’s punt went into the end zone for a touchback.

Harris gained seven yards on first down and another two yards on a Pickett dump to make it 3rd and 1. The Steelers went to QB Sneak on third down to get first down. Pickett drove downfield on first down, throwing a dart to Freiermuth for a 20-yard gain to midfield. On the last play before the two-minute warning, Pickett threw another hit, this one to Sims for 28 yards to the Baltimore 22.

The Steelers got back to Sims on a jet sweep, and he was able to rush for four yards to set up 2nd and 6. Harris ran for five yards, leaping over the hole and up just short of first down. The Steelers went back to the true and proven QB sneak, and with a push from Harris, Pickett was able to take down the former. With time ticking, the Steelers took to the air on 1st down and Pickett’s end zone pass was incomplete. With 1:06 left, Harris was tackled just beyond the line of scrimmage and the Ravens called their final timeout with 3rd and 8 approaching. On 3rd and 8, Pickett escaped a sack and found Harris in the end zone for a touchdown to give the Steelers a 15-13 lead. Boswell’s extra point was good and the Steelers took a 16-13 lead with 56 seconds left.

Boswell’s opening kickoff was a touchback, and on first down, Huntley’s pass was dropped by Isaiah Likely. A holding penalty against the Ravens on 2nd down backed them 10 yards. On the 2nd and 20th, Huntley threw to Andrews in midfield for 18 yards, and the clock kept ticking. After a first down completion to Andrews, the Ravens hit the ball with 20 seconds left and the ball at the Baltimore 38. Huntley moved down the field, but his pass was picked up by Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Steelers would walk away from Baltimore with a 16-13 victory.

The win keeps the Steelers’ playoff hopes alive in Week 18 and takes them 8-8 on the season.

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