Ravens Joe Flacco hit rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith with eight seconds left remaining Sunday night, propelling the Baltimore Ravens over the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20.
After letting a sure touchdown tip off his hands in the end zone just five plays earlier, Smith capped the Ravens winning 92-yard drive by burning cornerback William Gay down the right sideline.
Flacco finished with 300 passing yards, and Baltimore completed the sweep of Pittsburgh for the first time since 2006. It”s just the second time in franchise history the Ravens have swept the Steelers in the regular season.
After rallying from a 16-6 deficit to take a 20-16 lead with just under five minutes left in the game, the Steelers appeared to be in complete control. Following a Ben Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace 25-yard touchdown, Pittsburgh”s defense held Flacco and the Ravens offense, forcing a three and out.
On their following position, the Steelers moved in range for Shaun Suisham to attempt a 47-yard field goal that could have pushed their to seven. However, after a delay of game penalty, they opted to punt rather than risking a 52-yard field goal try.
Flacco, who fumbled midway through the fourth quarter to set up Roethlisberger”s dagger to Wallace, atoned with an incredible 13-play drive.
The Ravens (6-2) sit atop the AFC North with another 6-2 team, the upstart Cincinnati Bengals.
Next week the Ravens travel to Seattle to play an inferior Seahawks squad, who are just 2-6 and have had their fair share of struggles in 2011.
If you remember, following the emotional 35-7 victory in week one against the Steelers, the Ravens followed up that performance laying an egg in week two, losing to the Tennessee Titans 26-13.
The Ravens have done the hard part by taking care of business against the Steelers, but they can ill-afford another emotional let down Sunday in Seattle.