Posted on December 11, 2017, by Travis Pulver
Sports fans and media types like to come up with cute little nicknames for players. Several teams have “triplets.” The Seattle Seahawks have the “Legion of Boom.” In the 1980s, the Washington Redskins had “The Fun Bunch.” For years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had a version of the “Killer B’s” consisting of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell.
If they haven’t already, they should induct a new member to the group- placekicker Chris Boswell. Why? Because on Sunday Night Football, he completed the Steelers come-from-behind win with his fourth game-winning field goal in five weeks.
The last three came as time expired, but this time the Ravens had a few seconds to try and make magic happen after Boswell’s 46-yard kick gave the Steelers a 39-38 lead with 42 seconds to play. Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense had one of their best games of the season, but they were not able to pull this one out.
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A sack by Steelers rookie T.J. Watt on 3rd and 10, the first of the game for the Pittsburgh defense, finished the Ravens off.
“This one hurts,” Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said (ESPN). “We lose to them the same way we did last year. This one sucks, but we’ve got to get over it. Yeah, this one’s going to hurt, but it’s best for us to have a short memory on this one because if we win out, there’s a good chance we’ll be in (the playoffs).”
It looked like the Steelers were going to run away with the game at first after recording touchdowns on their first two drives of the game. But the Ravens offense got on track in the second quarter thanks to a strong performance by running back Alex Collins (98 total yards in the first half).
Baltimore was able to close the gap to 17-14 late in the second quarter. But the Steelers tacked on a field goal to make the score 20-14 at the break. But the Ravens offense came on strong in the third quarter with 17 unanswered points to take a 31-20 lead.
While it wasn’t looking good, the Steelers were far from done. But with the run game not being as effective as usual, they had to turn to the passing game to pull this one out. A 57-yard reception by Antonio Brown helped set up a touchdown that closed the gap to 31-29 with 9:15 to play. A 34-yard reception by Brown helped set up Boswell’s game-winner.
By the time the dust settled, Brown had finished the night with 11 receptions for 213 yards (the second 200+ yard game of his career). Roethlisberger set a new career high with 66 pass attempts and completed 44 for 506 yards and two touchdowns. In doing so, he became the first quarterback to record three career 500+ yard passing games.
“He’s a winner. He’s going to find a way to win games,” Bell, who finished the game with 125 total yards and three touchdowns, said after the game (ESPN). “We were down 11 … he put us in a position to win games. That’s what you want in your quarterback. That’s why I’m glad I play with him.”
The Steelers have to feel good about how their offense responded, but they know they are going to face a much tougher adversary in the New England Patriots next week. While the season-long stats do not look pretty for the Patriots defense, the unit has played well since a disastrous beginning to the season.
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Despite the loss, the Ravens are still in a good position to make the playoffs. Buffalo currently owns the No. 6 seed at 7-6 while the Ravens are in the No. 7 spot (with a 7-6 record). However, with games against the Browns, Colts, and Bengals, the Ravens will have a shot if they can win out.