Ravens Lose Heartbreaker To Steelers
September 30, 2008
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The Ravens lost in overtime to the Steelers 23-20 on Monday Night Football at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The Ravens played tough for the first 40 minutes of the game opening a 10 point lead with the score 13-3. With about five minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Steelers were the beneficiary of a unsportsmanlike penalty call on Jarrett Johnson that helped setup their first touchdown. Only a few seconds later, the Steelers sacked Joe Flacco causing a fumble that was returned for a TD which made the score 20-13. The Ravens did eventually tie the game at 20 with a clutch drive in the 4th quarter, but were unable to do anything with the ball in regulation or overtime to win the game.
The Ravens played well enough to win and established themselves as a team to be reckoned with in the AFC North this year. Unfortunately, a loss is still a loss… There is no such thing as a moral vicotry in the NLF. Hopefully this loss will not linger with the team considering what they left on the table seemingly having control of the game late in the 3rd quarter. It turned into a close game against one of the better teams in the AFC which should eventually build some confidence that if they can correct some mistakes they can hang with the best of them. They’re going to need to move past this loss quickly because they face another tough team in the Titans next sunday at home.