Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens 11/28/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Baltimore Ravens 22, Pittsburgh Steelers 20
November 28, 2013
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, we got an extra-large dose of NFL action on the Thursday slate in Week 13. The nightcap featured a compelling AFC North game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, which was a fitting end to an exciting day around the league. Battles between these two teams are always competitive, and this ever-important matchup was no different.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the key players and statistical trends from the game and see if we can determine why this one turned out the way it did. We’ll also look ahead to Week 14 to see what’s in store for each team’s future.
What Happened: We expected a low-scoring, razor close game that would come down to a couple of plays, and that’s exactly what we got here. The Ravens took control early, however, and initially it looked like they were going to cruise. During the first quarter, they were first to strike, with a 7-yard Joe Flacco TD pass to Torrey Smith that would give them an early 7-0 lead. After a field goal in the second, Baltimore would take a 10-margin into the locker room at halftime. They limited the Steelers to just 98 total yards in the first two quarters.
Another field goal would give the Ravens a 13-0 lead in the third quarter, but that’s when the Steelers finally found some life. A long drive would end in an 8-yard TD pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Emmanuel Sanders. Baltimore would kick another field goal for a 16-7 score heading into the fourth quarter.
After another Ravens field goal, the Steelers finally got it going again, getting some new life on a 1-yard run by Le’Veon Bell. The Ravens would go on to kick yet another field goal to make it 22-14. Pittsburgh mounted a 79-yard drive to get into the end zone again and attempted to tie things up with a two-point conversion. They failed, and Baltimore hung on for a slim 22-20 victory.
The win pulls the Ravens to 6-6 and gives them an inside track on the second wild card in the conference (pending this weekend’s games), while Pittsburgh falls to 5-7 and sees their playoff hopes all but dashed.
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The Stars: Baltimore’s Justin Tucker gets the nod here. He slapped a career-high five field goals and was the Ravens’ only legitimate offensive weapon. He’s now made 27 straight attempts.
Torrey Smith also had a nice game, posting 93 yards and a score on six grabs.
On the other side, Le’Veon Bell was the Steelers’ best option, notching 73 rush yards and a TD while adding another 63 yards on seven receptions.
The Goats: Pittsburgh’s offense came on late, but shouldn’t have had to climb out of such a hole. The ineffective play in the first half really set them back.
The Steelers also had a special teams gaffe with the score 13-7 in the third. They allowed a 73-yard kickoff return to Jacoby Jones, a play that nearly saw him run into Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who was watching the JumboTron on the sidelines. You’ll hear a lot of talk about that play in the next several days.
The Ravens were unable to generate any sacks on defense, which was the first time in 22 games that they’ve come up empty there.
Injuries: Pittsburgh has a boatload of injury concerns heading into next week. The list includes Le’Veon Bell (concussion, Brett Keisel (foot), Mike Adams (ankle), David DeCastro (foot), Kelvin Beachum (knee) and Fernando Velasco (ankle).
For Baltimore, they’ll be watching Jimmy Smith and Brandon Stokley, who both left early.
Outlook: Both teams have home games looming in Week 14. The Ravens will welcome the Minnesota Vikings (Sunday, December 8, 1:00 PM ET on FOX), while the Steelers will venture into the AFC with a matchup against the incoming Dolphins (Sunday, December 8, 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
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