On the ground, Le’Veon Bell rushed for 62 yards and one touchdown in 19 attempts and added 70 yards in seven catches.
Down three late, Joe Flacco, who was not all that great for most of the game, managed to engineer the offense down the field without Steve Smith – he’d left the game with an injury – and set up Justin Tucker’s field goal that sent the game into overtime. Scobee missed two field-goal tries in the last 2:24 of the fourth quarter from 49 and 41 yards.
The Baltimore Ravens suffered another loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, 28-24, in Week 3.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Nick Boyle (82) leaps over Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) in the third quarter of an NFL football game, Thursday, October 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh.
Though the Steelers were playing without their star quarterback and the Ravens were off to an 0-3 start for the first time in their history, this game had the same feel to it as any other meeting between the teams.
Bell was the first runner to crack 100 yards against the Ravens defense in almost two years, snapping Baltimore’s NFL-long streak at 29 games.
The benefit of that game plan is it prevented Vick from turning over the ball and paced Pittsburgh evenly with Baltimore throughout the game.
“In this league, most games come down to three points”, Head Coach John Harbaugh said. While a few of the initial rumors indicated that Roethlisberger could be out for the season, the Steelers quarterback will only be out about a month. It also gave Tomlin pause when the Steelers moved into Baltimore territory twice in overtime. They needed one yard. Right now, the Steelers would probably give up just about anything for a kicker like that.
A pair of missed field goals by Josh Scobee and two failed fourth-down conversions in overtime proved to be the Steelers’ downfall. Facing 4th-and-5 from the Ravens 31-yard line, Tomlin opted to trot out maligned kicker Josh Scobee, who had made 46- and 35-yarders earlier in the game.
“They were trying to take him away and I didn’t want to force it”, he said. On fourth-and-1 in overtime from the Baltimore 33, he overthrew wide receiver Antonio Brown. Smith took a huge shot to the kidney in the third quarter and never returned, and Campanaro was carted off with a back injury.
52 yards. OT. Justin Tucker: For the win!
“I have to put guys in position to make the play”, he said.
For most of the night, it appeared Pittsburgh would survive with Roethlisberger relegated to a sweatsuit after spraining his left knee last week against the St Louis Rams.
After letting the game slip in the closing stages of the fourth quarter, the Ravens won the toss to start the extra period with the ball but it was a disappointing drive as a decision to run the ball with Vick on fourth down ended with the quarterback being halted by the Baltimore defence.
“It was a hard-fought game on both sides”, Scobee said.
“So, to be able to come in and win in such a dramatic fashion with just a consummate team effort, it’s really special”. Mike Tomlin twice elected to go for it on fourth down rather than kick.