In Overtime, Steelers Hand Ravens First Loss
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 29 -- Jeff Reed kicked a 46-yard field goal in overtime and the Pittsburgh Steelers overcame a 10-point deficit, numerous injuries and a late Baltimore comeback to outlast the Ravens, 23-20, on Monday night.
Reed's third field goal ended a back-and-forth game in which the Steelers (3-1) were down by 10 late in the third quarter, rallied, couldn't hold a seven-point lead, then found a way to win despite being without their top three running backs.
The Ravens (2-1), losing their seventh of their past eight games in Pittsburgh, won the important overtime coin toss but were backed up by two penalties and a sack and Sam Koch had to punt out of the end zone.
Then, on third and eight, Ben Roethlisberger found fourth-string running back Mewelde Moore -- playing in that situation only because of the injuries -- on a 24-yard swing pass for a first down at the Ravens 31. On third and 14, Moore made a seven-yard catch to the 28 to give Reed the extra yardage he needed to make it.