It ended with a catch that gave the
Five plays after a sure scoring strike tipped off his fingers, the Baltimore rookie receiver held onto a 26-yard touchdown pass from
"For him to keep coming back to me, that meant a lot," Smith said.
Smith was flagged for holding on the game's first play, negating
Flacco finished with 300 yards passing and Baltimore swept the season series from the rival Steelers (6-3) for the first time since 2006.
"This Steelers-Ravens game is a game for men," Baltimore coach
The Steelers appeared to be in control after rallying from a 10-point deficit to take a 20-16 lead with less than 5 minutes to go when
Pittsburgh's defense held once and the Steelers moved in range for
A delay of game penalty, however, pushed Pittsburgh back five yards and the Steelers opted to punt.
"I accept responsibility for that," coach
Flacco, who fumbled midway through the fourth quarter to set up Roethlisberger's strike to Wallace, atoned during a brilliant 13-play drive.
He converted a fourth-and-1 at the Pittsburgh 49 with less than a minute to go to keep Baltimore's hopes alive, and Smith made up for a drop with the biggest play of his young career.
The Steelers got the ball back with 8 seconds left but
How excited were the Ravens? Harbaugh received a cut on his chin after being dropped by Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome.
It's hard to blame the Ravens for their giddiness, particularly after two of their last three seasons ended on the same field.
"We swept them, but don't be fooled - we'll see them again in January," Baltimore linebacker
With one dramatic drive, Baltimore ended Pittsburgh's surge and moved into a tie with Cincinnati atop the
Flacco, who had come under fire from his teammates for inconsistent play, completed 28 of 47 passes and kept his head late after spending much of the second half trying to avoid Pittsburgh linebacker
The All-Pro sacked Flacco three times in his first game back after missing a month with a fractured orbital bone around his right eye, but Pittsburgh's pass rush disappeared on Baltimore's final drive. Given time to work, Flacco picked apart the
Gay couldn't stop Flacco from hitting
"That was, on my part, the worst drive ever," Gay said.
And perhaps the finest moment of Flacco's career.
"You don't really have anything to lose," Flacco said. "You either score or you don't score. ... You take a couple of shots at the end zone and see what comes of it."
The Steelers trailed by 10 going into the fourth quarter but roared back behind Roethlisberger.
Gay recovered and Roethlisberger put the Steelers in front when he rolled right to avoid pressure and threw in the direction of Brown. Wallace streaked in front of his teammate for the score and Pittsburgh appeared to be on its way to avenging a 28-point loss to the Ravens in the season opener.
Roethlisberger finished with 330 yards passing to become the first Pittsburgh quarterback to top 300 in three consecutive games, but the Steelers' defense couldn't contain Flacco at the end.
Suggs picked off Roethlisberger's pass in the third quarter to preserve a 9-6 Baltimore lead. A dozen plays later, Rice darted in from 4 yards out to put the Ravens up 16-6.
The NFL's top-ranked defense couldn't make it hold up, though for once Flacco bailed the defense out in a relationship that's often been vice versa.
"In my eyes, to be totally honest with you, they're the defending
NOTES: Steelers WR