The third-string quarterback, who will celebrate his 38th birthday Wednesday, might not be needed to make another start in his
Filling in for Steelers quarterbacks
"I've been in the league 15 years," Batch said. "I've been a starter in this league and the one thing you can't do is dwell on the past. It's a long season and no matter what, all I can ask for is another opportunity. Being a backup, you don't know when that's going to happen."
After throwing for just 57 yards in the first half — a sloppy two quarters in which he missed open receivers, including overthrowing
The 276 passing yards were Batch's highest total since 2001, dating back to his
"It's not surprising to us. It may be to you, but not us," Steelers linebacker
Down 20-13 early in the fourth quarter, Batch drove the Steelers 27 yards in four plays after quarterback
After a Ravens punt, Batch moved the Steelers into position for a game-winning field goal.
In a 12-play, 61-yard drive that took the final 6:14 off the clock, Batch handed the ball to his running backs and completed short throws and screen passes to Wallace and fellow wide receiver Antonio Brown.
He was hit hard by Ravens defensive tackle
"I'll let you know tomorrow what it feels like," said Batch, who got good blocking from the Steelers' makeshift offensive line but had to use his legs to escape the pocket and extend a few plays.
"We have to finish," Ravens safety
Batch also got in the way of Ravens cornerback
"It shows you what kind of heart he has," Dwyer said.
And it sounds like Batch's heart is still in the game.
Batch hasn't officially said if he will return for a 16th NFL season next summer. He was asked if Sunday's performance might affect his decision.
"As long as I can play, I'm going to come back," he said.