Coming back after a poor throw that could have been their last chance on a 4th-and-goal from the Steelers 2, Flacco rallied the team with a crisp four-play, 40-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard pass to wide out T.J. Houshmandzadeh for the game-winner.
To do it against the Steelers, who were 3-0 entering Sunday is one thing, but to do it on the road and to rally after what seemed to be a final chance on the fourth down play is another.
“We always have a lot of confidence around here,” Flacco said. “But this really elevates. There’s no better feeling in the world than to win in a place like this.”
Flacco and the Ravens offense made the final drive look easy. They did an amazing job picking up the Steelers blitzes, and also the wide outs made nice plays to make the catches and get out of bounds to save the clock which in the end they didn’t need.
Even the Steelers were impressed with the play of Flacco, who threw for 256 yards with a TD and pick in the win that puts the Ravens into a tie with the Steelers for first in the AFC North.
“He can make all of the throws, and he showed that at the end of the game,” Steelers safety Ryan Clark said. “If you give him an opportunity to hit guys, he’s going to hit them.”
“He’s played in a lot of situations and done an awesome job. We have a lot of respect for that guy right there,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.
For Flacco and the Ravens, it remains to be seen what can come of this win in terms of making a run and the confidence that can come of it. One thing is for sure, it was a coming of age drive for Flacco and the Ravens as they dispatched their biggest division rival.