On Now
Coming Up
  • Mon., Aug. 01, 2016 7:00 PM EDT Training Camp Military Appreciation Day The first M&T Bank Stadium practice will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. This practice – free and open to all fans – coincides with the Ravens’ annual Military Appreciation Day. Approximately 3,500 special seats will be reserved for active service members and veterans who present valid military identification upon check-in at the stadium.
  • Sat., Aug. 06, 2016 6:00 PM EDT Training Camp Fireworks Night On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m., the second M&T Bank Stadium practice will showcase the organization’s third-annual Fireworks Night, an event highlighted by post-practice autographs for children and a fireworks/laser show.
  • Fri., Sep. 09, 2016 5:00 PM EDT Countdown To Kickoff Party Presented By Miller Lite Grammy Award®-nominated rock band 3 DOORS DOWN will perform at the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff Party Presented by Miller Lite on Friday, Sept. 9 at Maryland State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Open to all ages.
  • Mon., Oct. 03, 2016 5:00 PM EDT A Purple Evening A Purple Evening is back! Join Purple on Monday, October 3rd for on-field drills, player appearances and autographs, giveaways, and much more! Tickets will go on sale soon. Check Purple-Just for Women on Facebook for the latest club and event information.
  • Sun., Oct. 23, 2016 7:30 AM EDT Purple Away Game Trip Up the Jersey Turnpike we go! Hit the road with the Purple Club on Sunday, October 23rd to watch our Baltimore Ravens take on the New York Jets for a 1:00 p.m. game at MetLife Stadium. Don't miss your chance to join the only NFL women's fan club to travel into unfamiliar territory!
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 2:00 PM EST Army vs. Navy Football Don't miss one of the greatest events you can ever attend! The Army-Navy Game presented by USAA returns to M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 10, 2016

News

Print
RSS

At First Glance: Ravens vs. Steelers II

Posted Dec 2, 2012

BaltimoreRavens.com writers give their first impressions of the Ravens’ 23-20 loss.

John Eisenberg: The Ravens deserved their fate. They were outplayed by Pittsburgh in their first home loss in two years. Joe Flacco was off target, the rest of the offense was mistake-prone, and most troubling, the defense let third-teamer Charlie Batch dominate the second half. Basically, the Ravens didn’t follow the script they’d used to go 9-2. They coughed up a pair of turnovers (after losing only nine in their first 11 games) and were soft in the red zone, where the Steelers went two for two. Mostly, they couldn’t conjure up enough pressure on Batch, giving him time to extend plays and find numerous open receivers. On the other side, Flacco airmailed a lot of passes and the offense never found a rhythm. Pittsburgh needed the game more and it showed, but the Ravens might be sorry looking back that they let Batch beat them.

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 Ed Reed interception and ill-advised return and, of course, a sack-strip of quarterback Joe Flacco. The sack-strip proved to be crucial, as it led to the game-tying touchdown. The Steelers found success in the middle of the field throughout the game, indicating the Ravens missed linebacker Danelle Ellerbe (ankle). Media/fan complaint alert: many will be asking about the light workload of Ray Rice, who finished with 12 carries for a productive 78 yards and a touchdown. The Ravens are still in good playoff position, but this one hurts.

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos