The Pittsburgh Steelers were victorious on a Wednesday, just as they’d been victorious on other days of the week this season.

The NFL proceeded with its second Wednesday game in 72 years when it felt that a coronavirus outbreak on the Baltimore Ravens finally was under control. The depleted Ravens kept things competitive against their rival. But the Steelers remained the league’s only unbeaten team with a 19-14 triumph at Heinz Field.

The game, originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night, was postponed three times by the league as the Ravens continued to have positive coronavirus test results. Even after the Ravens traveled Tuesday evening to Pittsburgh, the NFL’s final clearance for the game was not given until all of the team’s players and coaches tested negative in rapid-result tests earlier Wednesday.

“I just feel like the league did their best,” Ravens Coach John Harbaugh said after the game. “We did our best. We didn’t bat a thousand. Nobody did …. You can’t bat a thousand against this thing. But I think our response, in terms of our effort, was a perfect effort.”

This game concluded a seven-day-long Week 12 of the NFL season that began with two Thanksgiving Day games. The last NFL game to occur on a Wednesday came when the 2012 season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants was pushed up by a day to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. Before that, the NFL last had a Wednesday game in 1948.

“Everyone in the Ravens organization did the best thing for player safety they possibly could and to make sure this game happened,” Baltimore guard Bradley Bozeman said. “The players wanted it to happen. The coaches wanted it to happen. But we were also concerned with safety.”

The game had been pushed back first to Sunday afternoon, then to Tuesday night and, finally, to Wednesday afternoon. The 3:40 p.m. Eastern time kickoff came about because NBC had contractual rights to the game and did not want to interfere with its prime-time broadcast of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting, according to a person familiar with the situation. Such scheduling oddities abound during the pandemic-affected season.

The Ravens elevated 10 players from their practice squad to their roster earlier Wednesday as covid-19 replacements.

“It’s not a time to take an accusatory stance,” Harbaugh said in a postgame video news conference. “That’s not the position that I would take. I take the position that our guys fought like crazy, and I’m proud that they did.”

NFL officials said earlier Wednesday they were convinced that the game could be played safely.

“We can say with confidence that there is no active infection among the players, coaches and staff on the sideline on the Ravens’ side today,” Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said in a conference call with reporters.

According to Sills, the transmission of the virus in the Ravens’ outbreak lasted roughly one day longer than the league’s medical experts had expected, based on their review of the case.

“In the case of the Ravens, we postponed the game against the Steelers to ensure that we had confidence that the virus was contained,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Our medical experts believe that they have now sufficiently traced the virus, identified at-risk personnel and that we can now safely proceed with the game today.”

The football that was played was inelegant. Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin called his team’s performance “junior varsity” and said: “We were fortunate tonight. It’s good to proceed with a victory. I acknowledge that. But not a lot happened tonight to be proud of or to be excited about, other than that.”

Asked whether the disruptions to the schedule were the reason, Tomlin said: “We make no excuses. We seek no comfort. We didn’t play well or coach well tonight.”

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster as the Steelers improved their record to 11-0. Cornerback Joe Haden had a first-half touchdown on an interception of a pass by Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III. Kicker Chris Boswell missed an extra point but provided a pair of field goals.

Griffin started in place of Lamar Jackson, the reigning NFL MVP who tested positive for the coronavirus last week. Griffin had a 39-yard run, briefly resembling the dynamic player that he was in his debut season for Washington in 2012 when he was the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year. But he suffered a hamstring injury soon thereafter. He managed only 33 passing yards to go with his 68 rushing yards, and the Ravens went to Trace McSorley at quarterback during the fourth quarter.

“It [stinks] a lot to have that happen,” Griffin said of his injury.

McSorley teamed with wide receiver Marquise Brown for a 70-yard catch and run for a touchdown with just less than three minutes remaining. But the Steelers managed to run out the clock. The Ravens lost their third straight game and their record dropped to 6-5.

Tailback Gus Edwards had a touchdown run for the Ravens. But Griffin lost a fumble in addition to his interception. The Ravens squandered a goal-line scoring opportunity in the final seconds of the first half. The clock expired with the Ravens at the Pittsburgh 1-yard line. Harbaugh was angry at the officials, believing that Steelers defenders illegally stalled during the pileup of players following a second-and-goal running play by the Ravens, who were out of timeouts. Griffin threw a third-down incompletion as the half ended.

“I appreciate our players the way they fought through this,” Harbaugh said. “It was a challenge …. This is a crazy year in a lot of ways.”

11:36 p.m.
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McSorley-to-Marquise Brown TD gets Ravens closer

By Mark Maske

The Ravens are still in the game as Trace McSorley threw his first NFL touchdown pass on a 70-yard catch and run by wide receiver Marquise Brown. He caught a short pass from McSorley, eluded a tackle and wove his way around defenders the rest of the way to the end zone. (Steelers 19, Ravens 14 with 2:58 left in the 4th quarter)

11:21 p.m.
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Ravens go to Trace McSorley at QB

By Mark Maske

The Ravens made a quarterback switch, going to Trace McSorley. He just was activated from the covid-19 reserve list and replaces Robert Griffin III, who started the game in place of Lamar Jackson. Griffin had 68 rushing yards and 33 passing yards and appeared to injure his leg on a first-half scramble. (Steelers 19, Ravens 7 with 7:21 left in the 4th quarter)

11:06 p.m.
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Steelers increase lead on Roethlisberger’s touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster

By Mark Maske

The Pittsburgh offense, after being stymied for much of the game and settling for field goals instead of touchdowns, finally reached the end zone early in the fourth quarter. Ben Roethlisberger threw a one-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. The Steelers moved 61 yards in a dozen plays. (Steelers 19, Ravens 7 with 13:20 left in the 4th quarter)

10:26 p.m.
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Steelers fail on fourth-down attempt

By Mark Maske

The Steelers continue to be frustrated on offense, failing on a fourth-and-two try from the Baltimore 37-yard line. Ben Roethlisberger threw incomplete for rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool. Roethlisberger also had a third-and-two incompletion. (Steelers 12, Ravens 7 with 13:26 left in the 3rd quarter)

10:20 p.m.
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Steelers lead, Ravens fuming after goal-line sequence to end first half

By Mark Maske

The Steelers lead the Ravens, 12-7, after a sequence in the final seconds of the first half in which the Baltimore offense squandered a goal-line opportunity. The half ended with the clock expiring with the Ravens at the Pittsburgh 1-yard line. Coach John Harbaugh was angry at the officials, believing that Steelers defenders illegally stalled during the pileup of players following a second-and-goal running play.

The Ravens, out of timeouts, lined up as quickly as they could following that running play and got off one more snap. But tight end Luke Willson could not hold the ball on a third-down pass by quarterback Robert Griffin III into the end zone and time expired. The Ravens had no time left for a field-goal attempt.

Griffin looked like the RGIII of his spectacular debut season with Washington in 2012, when he was the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year, when he took off on a 39-yard run on a quarterback keeper earlier on that drive. Unfortunately, his injury issues resurfaced when he appeared to hurt his leg on a subsequent run. But Griffin remained in the game.

Griffin had 56 rushing yards in the half but had only 22 passing yards on five-for-nine throwing accuracy. He threw an interception and lost a fumble. Tailback Gus Edwards had a one-yard touchdown run for Baltimore.

Cornerback Joe Haden had a touchdown for the Steelers on a return of an interception of a Griffin pass. The Steelers couldn’t finish drives, settling for two short field goals by kicker Chris Boswell. They also had two turnovers. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception in the end zone on a fourth-and-goal attempt. The Steelers also muffed a punt to hand the Ravens their touchdown, and Boswell missed an extra point. (Steelers 12, Ravens 7 at halftime)

10:14 p.m.
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Another field goal for Steelers

By Mark Maske

Pittsburgh added to its lead but the Steelers continue to get field goals instead of touchdowns. Kicker Chris Boswell connected from 27 yards. The Steelers had a first down at the Baltimore 8-yard line but lost a yard on three pass plays from there. (Steelers 12, Ravens 7 with 4:27 left in the 2nd quarter)

9:37 p.m.
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Steelers move back in front with field goal

By Mark Maske

The Steelers retook the lead but had to settle for a 25-yard field goal by kicker Chris Boswell. They had a first down at the Baltimore 5-yard line but couldn’t reach the end zone as a first-down run lost two yards and Ben Roethlisberger threw incompletions on second and third downs. Roethlisberger had a 27-yard completion to tight end Eric Ebron during the drive. (Steelers 9, Ravens 7 with 11:50 left in the 2nd quarter)

9:21 p.m.
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Ravens take lead on Edwards’s touchdown off muffed punt by Steelers

By Mark Maske

The Ravens have the lead in a sloppily played first quarter in Pittsburgh after converting a muffed punt by the Steelers into a one-yard touchdown run by tailback Gus Edwards. The Ravens had to move only 16 yards after the gaffe by Steelers punt returner Ray-Ray McCloud. The first quarter has included four turnovers, two by each team, and a missed extra point by the Steelers. (Ravens 7, Steelers 6 with 2:07 left in the 1st quarter)

9:06 p.m.
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Steelers take lead on pick-six thrown by RG3

By Mark Maske

Robert Griffin III already has two turnovers and the Steelers have the lead on an interception returned for a touchdown by cornerback Joe Haden. Griffin’s pass was intended for wide receiver James Proche. But the ball ended up in the hands of Haden, who raced 14 yards to the end zone. Kicker Chris Boswell missed the extra point. (Steelers 6, Ravens 0 with 6:57 left in the 1st quarter)

9:03 p.m.
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Roethlisberger throws fourth-down pick after Griffin’s fumble

By Mark Maske

The Steelers failed to cash in on a fumble lost by Robert Griffin III, as Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception in the end zone on a fourth-down attempt from the Baltimore 1-yard line. The Steelers took possession at the Baltimore 22-yard line after Griffin’s fumble. They reached the 1, and Coach Mike Tomlin left his offense on the field. But Roethlisberger could find no one open, held the ball in the pocket and, when pass-rush pressure finally arrived, lobbed a pass directly to linebacker Tyus Bowser. (Ravens 0, Steelers 0 with 8:22 left in the 1st quarter)

8:41 p.m.
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Ravens without Ingram, Dobbins; Steelers put Pouncey on covid list

By Mark Maske

The Ravens did not activate running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins from their covid-19 reserve list for the game.

Defensive tackle Brandon Williams, just activated from the covid-19 reserve list, was put on the Ravens’ game-day inactive list because of an ankle injury.

The Ravens elevated 10 players from their practice squad to their roster earlier Wednesday as covid-19 replacements. They added safety Geno Stone to their covid-19 reserve list. He reportedly is the Ravens player who tested positive Tuesday for the coronavirus.

The Steelers placed center Maurkice Pouncey on their covid-19 reserve list. They elevated running back Wendell Smallwood and offensive lineman Anthony Coyle from the practice squad to the roster as covid-19 replacements.

The two teams had to make their roster moves Wednesday by 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. Their game-day inactive lists were due 90 minutes before kickoff, as always.

8:38 p.m.
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Steelers special teams coordinator returns

By Mark Maske

The Steelers announced that special teams coordinator Danny Smith will coach in Wednesday’s game after being cleared.

He had been away from the team since Saturday, with the absence attributed to illness.

The Steelers announced Tuesday that quarterbacks coach Matt Canada had been cleared and would coach in the game.

8:35 p.m.
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Analysis: In the NFL’s approach to the Broncos and Ravens, fairness was not part of the equation

By Mark Maske

It didn’t seem fair to some in the Denver Broncos organization and to many of their fans when the Broncos were forced to take the field Sunday without any of their four quarterbacks eligible to play against the New Orleans Saints, because of one positive test for the coronavirus and three quarantines through contact tracing.

The NFL had postponed other games this season, including a Broncos’ game at New England in October, because of coronavirus cases. The Baltimore Ravens just had their game at Pittsburgh, scheduled for Thanksgiving night, delayed by the league. That game now has been postponed three times and is currently scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, pending further testing results. The NFL’s approach to the Broncos’ situation was, to those observers, an inequity and an injustice.

“I just feel like going into the game, we [weren’t] given a chance,” Broncos safety Kareem Jackson said after Sunday’s contest went about as expected and the Saints prevailed, 31-3.

8:34 p.m.
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NFL expresses confidence game can be safely played

By Mark Maske

NFL leaders said Wednesday they’re convinced that the Ravens-Steelers game can be played safely.

“We can say with confidence that there is no active infection among the players, coaches and staff on the sideline on the Ravens’ side today,” Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said in a conference call with reporters earlier Wednesday afternoon.

Sills said that all Ravens players, coaches and other on-field personnel tested negative for the coronavirus in rapid-result testing conducted Wednesday.

“The tests that we took today provide an extra layer of safety about everyone on the field,” Sills said.

According to Sills, the transmission of the virus in the Ravens’ outbreak lasted roughly one day longer than the league’s medical experts had expected, based on their review of the case.

“Let me be crystal clear, as we have been with our clubs since last March: Health and medical decisions have and always will take precedence over competitive considerations and business interests. … We follow the facts. We follow the science,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said during Wednesday’s conference call. “And the recommendations of our medical experts are first and foremost the bedrock of our decision-making process.

“In the case of the Ravens, we postponed the game against the Steelers to ensure that we had confidence that the virus was contained. Our medical experts believe that they have now sufficiently traced the virus, identified at-risk personnel and that we can now safely proceed with the game today.”

Goodell contrasted the Ravens’ case to that of the Denver Broncos, who were forced to play without any of the quarterbacks on their roster and practice squad in Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints, a game that the NFL did not postpone.

“As we discussed in October at the fall league meeting, we will not postpone or reschedule games due to covid issues affecting multiple players, even within a position group, if we feel comfortable that the rest of team is not at risk,” Goodell said. “This was exactly the case in Denver.”