John Eisenberg: The Ravens deserved their fate. They were outplayed by Pittsburgh in their first home loss in two years.
Ryan Mink: The Ravens botched a huge opportunity tonight. Ben Roethlisberger was out. The Steelers O-line was banged up. The Steelers fumbled the ball away once without even being hit. They missed a wide-open touchdown. Despite all that, the Ravens still lost – at home. This one is a really tough pill to swallow. The last time the Ravens lost at home was in 2010 because of a sack/strip. It basically happened again, handing Baltimore its first loss at M&T Bank Stadium since then and snapping a 15-game streak. Joe Flacco’s fumble in the third quarter entirely changed a game Baltimore was in control of. The Ravens could get into the playoffs with a win. Now they’re two games up with four remaining, including three against teams in the playoff chase (Denver, New York Giants and Cincinnati). Buckle up.
Garrett Downing: It hurts to lose a game like this one, where the Ravens had so many opportunities to pull away from the Steelers and clinch a playoff spot. Instead, the Steelers hung around and were able to come back from a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter to get the win. A critical fumble by Joe Flacco in the third quarter set up a game-tying touchdown before Shaun Suisham’s 42-yard field goal won it as time expired. The loss snaps a 15-game winning streak at M&T Bank Stadium and ends a three-game winning streak over the Steelers. The Ravens still have a two-game lead over the Steelers and Bengals in the AFC North, but dropping a game at home with Charlie Batch at quarterback isn’t the kind of showing the Ravens wanted at this point in the season.
Sarah Ellison: This was a big-time missed opportunity. The Ravens could have clinched a playoff spot, decimated the Steelers’ postseason chances and stretched its home winning streak to 16 games (the longest in the NFL). With a matchup at home against a bitter rival that didn’t have its Super Bowl-winning quarterback, the chances were as good as any for Baltimore to finish business. It wasn’t to be. It was a vintage Ravens-Steelers game – physical, down to the wire, skirmishes, an impressive