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Torrey Smith: Goat to Hero in the Span of 28 Seconds

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One player provided the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in the final minute of the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

(Credits: AP Photo/Don Wright)

Torrey Smith, who let a sure touchdown pass slip off of his fingertips with 42 seconds left, atoned by making the game winning touchdown reception with just 14 seconds left to play in Pittsburgh.

Not only did the touchdown grab give the Ravens a regular-season sweep of the Steelers, but more importantly, it puts the Ravens atop the AFC North at 6-2 tied with the Cincinnati Bengals.

He shook off the disaster from seconds before, disaster, which had the Ravens lost, would’ve made him the target for ridicule and wrath on sports talk radio shows in Baltimore for weeks to come. It wasn’t just the dropped ball by Smith, it was also his holding penalty that erased a 76-yard touchdown run by Ray Rice on the Ravens first play from scrimmage to begin the game.

It would have been the easy thing to do for Smith to hang his head, mope and hope another ball didn’t come his way. However, Joe Flacco kept his faith in Smith, and Smith made an incredible play in as hostile environment as the Ravens will play in all year.