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Steelers survive in OT; Beat Ravens 23-20

The Pittsburgh Steelers were awful in the first half. Everything that could have went wrong for the Steelers in the first half did go wrong. The Ravens were the more physical team and were beating the Steelers in every category. Despite numerous injuries Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers rebounded in the 2nd half scoring 20 points (including OT) to survive a scare from Baltimore Ravens and improve to 3-1 on the season.
Post-Game Quick Hits
In the first half the Steelers were in disarray. The Ravens had them confused and Roethlisberger wasn‚Äôt making smart decisions. The turning point of the game was the Steelers running the no huddle and Jarret Johnson’s personal foul penalty in the third quarter that jump started the Steelers comeback. Roethlisberger adjusted in the second half making quick decisions to off-set the Ravens blitz

Running back and first-round draft pick Rashard Mendenhall (fractured shoulder) and right guard Kendall Simmons (right Achilles) are out for the season. The loss of Mendenhall will be a blow to the Steelers. He showed some glimpses of the impact he could have this season. Darnell Stapleton will become the team’s starter at right guard. Running back Carey Davis left the game with a ankle injury and linebacker Andre Frazier was knocked out of the game on the opening kickoff with a spinal injury
The Steelers scored 14 points over a 15-second stretch in the third quarter.
James Harrison led the team with 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Troy Polamalu had 9 tackles and LaMarr Woodley was strong finishing the night with 8 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Ray Lewis led the Ravens with 13 tackles.
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