The Pittsburgh Steelers have bounced back from their Chicago Bears defeat to upset the Baltimore Ravens at home.
The last four times the Steelers traveled to M&T Bank Stadium, the team left with losses. However, Sunday was a different story in an age-old rivalry in the NFL.
Le’Veon Bell had been announcing that he would have a breakthrough sometime soon, after three dismal performances.
Bell rushed for 144 yards on 35 carries, including two touchdowns. His longest run was 21 yards.
“I definitely feel like I moved in the right direction,” Bell said. “I’m glad we got the ‘W,’ our O-line blocked the way they did, Ben put us in all the right plays, our (wide) receivers blocked on the edge. Our defense played exceptional, too, you have to give those guys credit. It was a total team effort.”
A third Steelers touchdown came from rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster, off an 11-yard pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger finished the game with 216 yards on 18/30 completed passes. He threw one interception and one touchdown.
“Coming out and being physical, running the ball against this team at this place, everyone knows that this is a physical football game so to come out and kind of establish that, get it going was big for us,” Roethlisberger said.
“They’ve owned us, owned us here, it’s no secret,” Roethlisberger continued. “I take that personally. I’ve played this game a long time, played against these guys, had a lot of great battles. And when you feel like you can’t come to this place and win a football game, it bothers you. So to be able to come here and get a good win, AFC North, kind of finish that first quarter of the season, satisfying.”
To finalize the Steelers’ scoring, kicker Chris Boswell converted 2/3 field goals, from 30 and 49 yards.
As for the Ravens, Justin Tucker scored a 42-yard field goal. He converted 1/2 field goals.
Meanwhile, Mike Wallace, a former Steeler, caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco.
Flacco finished the game with 235 yards on 31/49 completed passes. He threw two interceptions to Ryan Shazier and Mike Hilton.
Cameron Heyward led the defense in sacks, with two, while Shazier led the team with 10 tackles.
Also recording sacks on Flacco were Bud Dupree, Hilton and Stephon Tuitt.
“I’m so proud of my teammates, man, even more than the win right now, that we went out and represented the organization the right way and Steeler Nation,” Mike Pouncey said. “It was awesome.”
The Steelers will continue their season, returning to Heinz Field to host the Jacksonville Jaguars on 1 p.m. Sunday.
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