Final Score: Ravens 26, Steelers 6
With the Ray Rice saga dominating the headlines all week, Rice’s former team delivered a dominant performance Thursday night against the Steelers.
Baltimore’s defense shut down Ben Roethlisberger and Co., Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes to Owen Daniels, and Baltimore rolled to a 26-6 rout for its first win of the year.
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Bernard Pierece Led the Ravens’ Rushing Attack
The Ravens indicated their rushing game will be just fine without Rice. Bernard Pierce led the attack with 96 yards on 22 carries, while Justin Forsett added 56 yards on 8 carries.
Joe Flacco Hit Owen Daniels for Another Touchdown
After Shaun Suisham’s field goal with 10:30 left in the third quarter made it a 4-point game, Joe Flacco led Baltimore on another long, methodical drive capped by another Owen Daniels touchdown reception — the second of the game and the second as a Raven for Daniels.
The touchdown strike from a yard out capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive that ate up 6:32 of clock and made it 17-7 with 4:04 left in the quarter.
The touchdown catch came four plays after Daniels was leveled by Steelers safety Troy Polamalu — the first of two Steelers unnecessary roughness penalties in a span of three plays. (Mike Mitchell was flagged on a similar call two plays later.)
Antonio Brown Was Evaluated for a Possible Concussion
Antonio Brown is being evaluated for a possible concussion. His return is questionable.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 12, 2014
Steelers wideout Antonio Brown left the game after suffering an apparent head injury on Pittsburgh’s opening drive. The Steelers later announced Brown was being evaluated for a possible concussion and that his return was questionable. Brown was cleared to play and returned to the game in the second quarter.
Joe Flacco Hit Owen Daniels to Put Baltimore on Top
The Ravens made the Steelers pay for the turnover when Joe Flacco led Baltimore down the field on am 11-play, 56-yard drive that culminated with a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Owen Daniels — Daniels’ first touchdown as a Raven.
Justin Tucker’s extra point made it 7-0 Baltimore with 27 seconds left in the first quarter.
The teams traded field goals in the second quarter and Baltimore went into the half leading 10-3.
Shaun Suisham’s 43-yard field goal then brought Pittsburgh to within 10-6 with 10:30 left in the third quarter.
Justin Brown’s Fumble Ended the Steelers’ First Drive
The Steelers drove more than 8 minutes on their opening drive and got well into Baltimore territory. But it was all moot when Justin Brown fumbled and DeAngelo Tyson recovered, giving the Ravens the ball at their own 29-yard-line with 6:31 left in the first quarter.
A great looking drive…..over 8:00 long..undone
— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 12, 2014
How to Watch the Game on TV & Online
TIME: The game kicks off at 8:25 p.m. Eastern
TV: Both CBS and NFL Network will have coverage
LIVE STREAM: Unlike Fox, ESPN and NBC, CBS does not provide a free live stream of its NFL games to customers with access to a cable subscription. The game can be live-streamed through NFL Sunday Ticket, which requires a subscription.