Flacco Leads Final Touchdown Drive to Sweep Steelers; 23-20

Joe Flacco hit Torrey Smith for a 26-yd touchdown pass with 8 seconds left to complete a game-winning 92-yard drive to push the Baltimore Ravens past the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20.

Flacco, who has taken a lot of criticism this season for his uneven play, looked masterful as he was 7 of 14 on the final drive and finished the evening with 300 yards passing.  Perhaps an even bigger stat was converting 14 of 21 Third Down conversions, the most on Pittsburgh since the modern era.

The victory completes a sweep of the Steelers and gives the Ravens the tiebreaker over Pittsburgh. The sweep is only the second time in team history and their first since 2006. The win also pulls them even with surprising Cincinnati at 6-2 atop the AFC North.

This win feels all the more special to the Ravens and their fans because they almost let yet another lead slip away to the Steelers. Baltimore was up 10 late in the Third Quarter when Ben Roethlisberger led an 11 play 80-yd drive that ended with a Rashard Mendenhall 1-yd touchdown to make it 16-13 Ravens with 14 minutes to play.

A fumble by Flacco, his fifth of the season, gave the ball back and allowed the Steelers to strike again. This time it was Roethlisberger  evading the rush and hitting Mike Wallace for a 26-yd Touchdown to give the Steelers their first lead of the game 20-16 with less than five minutes.

Down four points with a little more than two minutes to play Flacco responded with what could be a career defining drive.


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