Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Ben Roethlisberger passed for 506 yards and Antonio Brown had 11 receptions for 213 yards as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens and clinched the AFC North.

0:48 | December 11, 2017 | Baltimore Ravens, Football, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers

Game Information
Location: Heinz Field Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 60,069

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ryan Shazier was everywhere. His helmet rested on the Pittsburgh Steelers' bench. His jersey too. His face and #Shalieve stitched on specially-designed cleats. His familiar No. 50 printed in white in the middle of a gold circle on T-shirts worn by teammates searching for a way to let Shazier know he is never far from their mind as he recovers from a spinal injury that put the linebacker's blossoming career in jeopardy.

Shazier may never play football again. That doesn't make him any less of a Steeler. And the men who have taken so much from him over the last three-plus years decided it was time they gave him something back in return: the AFC North title he ordered them to lock down without him.

Chris Boswell made a 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds left and Pittsburgh's defense overcame a shaky night without their most dynamic player to shut down Baltimore's last-gasp drive and hold on for a 39-38 victory on Sunday night to capture their third division title in the last four years.

"We are riding with that guy," head coach Mike Tomlin said of Shazier. "He is strong. He is strengthening us."

Looked like it.

The Steelers (11-2) trailed by 11 points going into the fourth quarter but capped an emotionally draining week to rally for their eighth straight victory, one they couldn't wait to share with Shazier, who joined the giddy postgame celebration via Facetime.

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 506 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to top 500 yards passing three times. Antonio Brown caught 11 passes for 213 yards, including two long gains in the fourth quarter that allowed the Steelers to recover after blowing an early 14-point lead. Le'Veon Bell had 125 yards of total offense and scored three touchdowns .

"We can win a shootout against anybody," Bell said. "I feel like we can score points whenever we need to."

Good thing, because Pittsburgh might have to. The Ravens (7-6) rolled up 414 yards against the NFL's fourth-ranked defense and recovered from a slow start to score on five consecutive drives and six out of seven to take a 38-29 lead on Javorius Allen's second touchdown with 6:44 left.

Not much time against most teams. Far too much against the Steelers.

Roethlisberger and Brown, who is mounting a legitimate MVP candidacy, hooked up on a 57-yard connection set up an 11-yard sprint by Bell with 3:29 to go. The Steelers forced the Ravens into a three-and-out and Roethlisberger calmly led Pittsburgh within field goal range, including a 34-yard lob down the sideline to Brown that set up Boswell's winner.

Baltimore's Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards passing with two touchdowns and one interception but was strip-sacked by rookie linebacker T.J. Watt on the Ravens' final snap.

"This one hurts," Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "We lose to them the same way we did last year. This one sucks, but we've got to get over it. Yeah, this one's going to hurt but it's best for us to have a short memory on this one because if we win out there's a good chance we'll be in (the playoffs)."

Shazier, who's been in the hospital since injuring his spine in the first quarter of last week's victory over Cincinnati, told his teammates to finish the work he helped start. Even as they celebrated an important step in a journey they hope will carry them deep into the postseason, they were making plans to keep Shazier involved, starting with a late-night trip to the hospital to deliver him his AFC North champions' swag.

"We are going to give him the hat and T-shirt tonight," good friend and fellow inside linebacker Vince Williams said.

When someone mentioned visitor's hours were probably over, Williams repeated "tonight." Then, it was home to rest before preparing for a showdown with New England next Sunday.

"That's the crazy part about the NFL, things constantly change and you've got to keep rolling," Williams said. "So you've got to find a way to roll with the punches even though it may be a haymaker, got to find a way to recover."

HONORING SHAZIER

Linebacker James Harrison took to the field shirtless during warmups even as temperatures hovered in the low-30s, a nod to one of Shazier's pregame rituals. When Roosevelt Nix drilled Moore on the opening kickoff, Nix lifted his jersey to show the T-shirt most of the Steelers wore at some point during the night.

BRING ON THE PATS

The Steelers fell to New England in a one-sided loss in the AFC championship game 10 months ago. They're not exactly intimidated by the prospect of facing Tom Brady and company.

"You act like they're coming in with Kryptonite, Superman and Batman and Avatars and stuff," Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey said. "Heck yeah, it's a regular football game, what do you mean? We're going to go out there, tackle the football and run the football."

UP NEXT

Ravens: Visit winless Cleveland next Sunday. Baltimore beat the Browns 24-10 on Sept. 17.

Steelers: Will try to beat Brady and New England for the first time since 2011 next Sunday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Ravens Steelers
06:59 Le'Veon Bell 20 yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Chris Boswell kick) 0 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Ravens Steelers
13:11 Le'Veon Bell 1 yd run (Chris Boswell kick) 0 14
09:07 Chris Moore 30 yd pass from Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker kick) 7 14
04:14 Chris Boswell 52 yd FG 7 17
01:53 Alex Collins 18 yd run (Justin Tucker kick) 14 17
00:01 Chris Boswell 43 yd FG 14 20

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Ravens Steelers
10:06 Justin Tucker 47 yd FG 17 20
05:20 Javorius Allen 1 yd run (Justin Tucker kick) 24 20
02:43 Patrick Ricard 6 yd pass from Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker kick) 31 20

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Ravens Steelers
12:16 Chris Boswell 24 yd FG 31 23
09:15 Roosevelt Nix 1 yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (failed 2pt Rush) 31 29
06:44 Javorius Allen 9 yd run (Justin Tucker kick) 38 29
03:29 Le'Veon Bell 11 yd run (Chris Boswell kick) 38 36
00:42 Chris Boswell 46 yd FG 38 39

Team Stats
  Baltimore Pittsburgh
1st Downs 26 31
Total Yards 413 545
Passing 261 486
Passing Completions/Attempts 20-35 44-66
Yards/Pass 7.3 7.0
Rushing 152 59
Rushing Attempts 26 16
Yards/Rush 5.8 3.7
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Possession 26:10 33:50

Baltimore Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Joe Flacco 20 35 269 7.7 2 1

Pittsburgh Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Ben Roethlisberger 44 66 506 7.7 2 0

Baltimore Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Alex Collins 18 120 6.7 1 21
Javorius Allen 6 25 4.2 2 9
Danny Woodhead 2 7 3.5 0 7

Pittsburgh Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Le'Veon Bell 13 48 3.7 2 11
James Conner 2 6 3.0 0 6
Ben Roethlisberger 1 5 5.0 0 5

Baltimore Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Mike Wallace 3 72 24.0 0 40
Chris Moore 3 48 16.0 1 30
Alex Collins 2 46 23.0 0 37
Javorius Allen 2 32 16.0 0 20
Danny Woodhead 4 29 7.2 0 22
Jeremy Maclin 3 27 9.0 0 19
Michael Campanaro 1 8 8.0 0 8
Patrick Ricard 1 6 6.0 1 6
Nick Boyle 1 1 1.0 0 1
Benjamin Watson 0 0 0.0 0

Pittsburgh Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Antonio Brown 11 213 19.4 0 57
Jesse James 10 97 9.7 0 18
Le'Veon Bell 9 77 8.6 1 20
Vance McDonald 4 52 13.0 0 19
Martavis Bryant 6 33 5.5 0 9
Eli Rogers 3 33 11.0 0 16
Roosevelt Nix 1 1 1.0 1 1
Xavier Grimble 0 0 0.0 0

Baltimore Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
C.J. Mosley 9 5 0 0
Tony Jefferson 8 3 0.5 4
Brandon Carr 6 0 0 0
Marlon Humphrey 5 0 0 0
Matt Judon 4 1 0 0
Patrick Onwuasor 4 2 0 0
Terrell Suggs 3 2 0.5 4
Eric Weddle 3 3 0 0
Anthony Levine Sr. 2 0 1 5
Michael Pierce 2 1 0 0
Tyus Bowser 1 0 1 6
Maurice Canady 1 0 0 0
Lardarius Webb 1 0 0 0
Javorius Allen 0 0 0 0
Kamalei Correa 0 0 0 0
Carl Davis 0 1 0 0
Willie Henry 0 0 0 0
Vince Mayle 0 0 0 0
Justin Tucker 0 0 0 0
Brandon Williams 0 1 0 0
Danny Woodhead 0 0 0 0

Pittsburgh Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Sean Davis 8 4 0 0
Vince Williams 7 0 0 0
Mike Mitchell 5 0 0 0
T.J. Watt 4 0 1 8
Javon Hargrave 4 0 0 0
Coty Sensabaugh 4 0 0 0
Tyson Alualu 2 0 0 0
Artie Burns 2 0 0 0
Arthur Moats 2 1 0 0
Cameron Sutton 2 0 0 0
Bud Dupree 1 0 0 0
Stephon Tuitt 1 0 0 0
L.T. Walton 1 0 0 0
Anthony Chickillo 0 0 0 0
L.J. Fort 0 0 0 0
Cameron Heyward 0 1 0 0
Darrius Heyward-Bey 0 0 0 0
Roosevelt Nix 0 0 0 0
Sean Spence 0 1 0 0
Fitzgerald Toussaint 0 0 0 0

Baltimore Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Pittsburgh Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Sean Davis 1 35 0

Baltimore Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Chris Moore 5 86 17.2 0 20
Michael Campanaro 1 40 40.0 0 40

Pittsburgh Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Martavis Bryant 5 55 11.0 0 21
Fitzgerald Toussaint 1 23 23.0 0 23

Baltimore Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Michael Campanaro 1 0 0.0 0 0

Pittsburgh Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Eli Rogers 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2

Baltimore Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Justin Tucker 1 1 100.0 47

Pittsburgh Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Chris Boswell 4 4 100.0 52

Baltimore Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Sam Koch 3 125 49

Pittsburgh Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Jordan Berry 3 141 48