Ravens hold their nerve

  • Last Updated: November 29 2013, 6:57 GMT

The Baltimore Ravens kept alive their play-off hopes with a 22-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Justin Tucker: Landed five field goals for the Baltimore Ravens
Justin Tucker: Landed five field goals for the Baltimore Ravens

The win, inspired by the trusted boot of Justin Tucker, moves the Ravens to 6-6 for the season and above the Steelers in the standings.

The Ravens crossed for just the one touchdown - from the opening score of the match - with Tucker slotting over five field goals.

The Ravens had opened up a 13-0 lead before the Steelers threatened a comeback but it was too little, too late.

Ben Roethlisberger completed 28-of-44 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns as the Steelers got to within two points - but a missed pass conversion to Emmanuel Sanders proved crucial.

Joe Flacco, who completed 24-of-35 passes for 251 yards, got the Ravens off to the perfect start when he connected with Torrey Smith from seven yards for a touchdown.

Tucker landed field goals from 43 and 34 yards to move Ravens clear before the Steelers finally crossed through Sanders - with Roethlisberger tossing an eight-yard scoring pass.

Tucker, though, kept the Ravens in charge as he landed further field goals from 38 and 45 yards.

Le'Veon Bell cut the deficit to five points as he rushed over from a yard but against Tucker gave Baltimore breathing space with a 48-yard field goal.

However there was drama in the dying minutes as first Heath Miller and then Bell had touchdowns chalked off after review.

Miller was ruled to have been tackled agonisingly short, while Bell's helmet came off just before he crossed the line.

Jerricho Cotchery did finally score for the Steelers from Roethlisberger's one-yard pass however Sanders was unable to take into overtime when he dropped the two-point conversion attempt.


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