Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers 11/2/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 9 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 2, 2014
Finishing off the NFL’s Sunday festivities in Week 9 we had a nice-looking rivalry game on tap between the Ravens and the Steelers. Baltimore was coming off a three-point loss to the Bengals, while the Steelers torched the Colts in Week 8. Games between these two teams are always hard-fought, and this one was no different. That said, it was also very one-sided.
Let’s take a moment to check out the key players and stats in this one and see why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 10 so we can see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: One week after tossing six touchdown passes, few people thought Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger could duplicate the feat. That’s just what he did, however, and Pittsburgh rode that success all the way to a big win.
The Ravens struck first here on a 35-yard Torrey Smith catch from Joe Flacco which left them up 7-0 at the end of one quarter.
Pittsburgh roared back in the second, however, with touchdown passes to Le’Veon Bell (5 yards) and Martavis Bryant (19 yards) before Baltimore could get on the board again with a 46-yard Justin Tucker field goal. One more TD pass (47 yards to Markus Wheaton) and a 2-point conversion made it 22-10 Steelers at the break.
Scoreboard-wise, nothing happened in the third, but Big Ben was back to business in the fourth on a 54-yard Antonio Brown TD pass. Baltimore got some life on a Jacoby Jones 108-yard kickoff return the very next play, pulling to within 12 again at 29-17. Bryant logged another score with an 18-yard grab, and on the other side Flacco tossed a 1-yarder to Crockett Gillmore a little while later. With less than two minutes left, Matt Spaeth capped the scoring on a 33-yard TD catch to round out the evening 43-23 for a big Steelers win.
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The Stars: There’s little doubt who the star of this game was. Roethlisberger would finish with 340 yards and six touchdowns, breaking an NFL record for TD passes in a two-game span with 12 (the former record was 11, held by two players). Antonio Brown led the way in receiving with 144 yards and a score on 11 grabs.
On the other side, Justin Forsett had a decent game, accounting for 105 total yards and leading the team in receiving.
The Goats: Ben simply had a crazy game, and there’s not much a defense can do when an elite QB is on like that. Still, Baltimore squandered some opportunities on offense (two turnovers) and couldn’t convert in key situations (3-of-13 on third downs). The team also gave up four sacks for 34 lost yards and had 10 penalties for 108 yards.
Injuries: There were all kinds of big hits in this one, as per usual, so there will be some bumps and bruises in practice this week. Also, Steelers S Troy Polamalu exited with a sprained ankle late in the second quarter and wasn’t able to get back into the game.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 10, both teams will be in action once again. The Ravens will be at home against the visiting Titans (Sunday, Nov. 9; 1:00 PM ET on CBS), while the Steelers will head to MetLife Stadium to visit the Jets (Sunday, Nov. 9; 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
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