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Much of the focus entering Sunday's prime-time game was on how prepared and emotionally ready the Steelers would be as they were playing on a short week after a physical Monday night victory over the Cincinnati Bengals and the significant back/spine injury to standout inside linebacker Ryan Shazier. Roethlisberger completed a 1-yard pass to fullback Roosevelt Nix, but the two-point conversion to tie the game at 31 was stuffed.

Le'Veon Bell catches a 20-yard touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger and rushes for a pair of scores on the ground as the Steelers edge the Ravens 39-38.

No one can be mad at the offense. Rookie Marlon Humphrey, in his first start, held up relatively well, but really, when you give up 506 yards of passing to the opposing quarterback, there is plenty of blame to go around and it extends well beyond the absence of one player.

After beating the Ravens on Sunday night, the Steelers clinched the AFC North and are nearly guaranteed to earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Here are three takeaways from the Ravens' win over the rival Steelers1.

The assault continued with another Ravens touchdown in three plays.


Roethlisberger threw a career-high 66 pass attempts.

Baltimore answered with a 9-yard touchdown run by Allen, but the Steelers stormed back with an 11-yard touchdown run by Bell to cut the lead to 38-36 with 3:15 remaining.

On the opening drive, Flacco threw a pass behind wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and safety Sean Davis easily caught it for an interception. He ended that drive with an 18-yard touchdown run.

The Ravens defense is now without a top corner to go against Brown, and they may be without JuJu Smith-Schuster but that just opens up opportunities to exploit the Ravens' poor tight end defense. Tucker made the PAT to take a two-possession lead. Bell scored his second touchdown by running over Jefferson.

The Ravens scoring kept coming in waves in the third quarter, scoring 17 points on their first three drives of the half. A 28-yard Roethlisberger pass to Brown put the ball at the Baltimore 6, and a pass interference penalty on Maurice Canady moved the ball to the Baltimore 1.

But the smartest way to look at it all is to understand what the National Football League is, including the elite class of teams, and ask: Who's going to stop Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and the rest of that offense? It was Moore's second career touchdown catch and it cut the Steelers' lead to 14-7. Baltimore led for almost the entire second half before Chris Boswell connected on what proved to be a game-winning 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds remaining in the contest. Linebacker Vince Williams even swapped the numbers on the back of his helmet to No. 50.

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