Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens 9/11/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Baltimore Ravens 26, Pittsburgh Steelers 6
September 11, 2014
Kicking off Week 2 in style, we had a big-time divisional matchup between the Ravens and the Steelers on “Thursday Night Football.” Pittsburgh was riding high off a narrow win over Cleveland in Week 1, while the Ravens were looking to get their first victory at home after losing to Cincinnati. There’s no love lost between these two perennial AFC powerhouses, and every game they play seems to be a nail-biter.
Let’s take a look at the numbers and key players from this one so we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll take a look forward to Week 3 to see what’s in store for each team.
What Happened: The Ravens knew they couldn’t drop two key divisional games at home right off the bat, and they did everything in their power to keep that from happening. The offense was pretty sharp from the beginning, moving downfield in the first quarter to a 2-yard Owen Daniels TD for the only scoring of the period.
In the second, a field goal made it 10-0 Baltimore, but Pittsburgh was able to respond with three of their own to make it 10-3 heading into the break.
The Steelers would strike first in the second, drawing to within four on another field goal, but Daniels got in the end zone again for a 17-6 Baltimore lead at the end of three.
After that, it was all Ravens kicker Justin Tucker. He booted fourth-quarter field goals of 23, 22 and 20 yards to give Baltimore a dominant 26-6 victory and a 1-1 divisional record for both teams.
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The Stars: Both kickers were lights-out in this one; Tucker went 4-for-4 but had a lot of credit to give the offense. His longest boot was from just 30 yards. Bernard Pierce enjoyed a return to relevance, posting 96 yards on 22 carries after getting benched for fumbling in Week 1. Ravens QB Joe Flacco didn’t rack up a whole lot of yardage (166), but was precise (21-of-29) in the short passing game. Also, Courtney Upshaw delivered a bone-jarring hit to Ben Roethlisberger that set the physical tone on the first series of the game (and generated a roughing the passer penalty). You’ll be seeing that one on highlight reels all year.
On the other side, Antonio Brown was the only real statistical bright spot. He posted 90 yards on seven receptions.
The Goats: The Steelers team really shares the blame for this loss--especially the offense. Every time they’d get some momentum going, they’d ruin it with a boneheaded penalty or an inopportune turnover. Both Heath Miller and Justin Brown lost fumbles, while Ben Roethlisberger surrendered a late interception. Baltimore got five first downs from penalties.
Also, the team really needs a No. 2 receiver to step up behind Brown. The second leading receiver was RB LeVeon Bell, who had five grabs for 48 yards.
Injuries: Baltimore CB Asa Jackson exited with a concussion. Pittsburgh star WR Antonio Brown was thought to have the same condition early in the game, but was able to return after being evaluated. Steve McLendon left due to a shoulder issue.
Outlook: The Steelers get another primetime game in Week 3 as they hit the road once again to take on the Panthers (Sunday, September 21, 8:30 PM ET on NBC).
As for the Ravens, they’ll get another divisional matchup as they travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns (Sunday, September 21, 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
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