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Baltimore Ravens Head to Halftime Leading the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-6

December 2nd, 2012 at 5:59 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens are caught up in a physical AFC North match-up. At halftime, the Ravens lead the Steelers 13-6.

'Ravens: Maryland Pride' photo (c) 2011, Connor Turner - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
The Steelers defense forced a punt on the Ravens first possession; the Steelers offense mounted their best drive with Charlie Batch at the helm. Mixing run and pass, the 11-play 48-yard drive took over five minutes off the clock, culminating in a Shaun Suisham 46-yard field goal to put the Steelers in front 3-0.

The Ravens offense finally got in gear, moved the ball into Steelers territory, and drew even on the scoreboard. Justin Tucker capped the 10-play 40-yard drive with a 45-yard field goal, to make it 3-3 in the second quarter.  After a three-and-out, the Ravens offense took the ball over in solid field position, took advantage of a 30-yard pass interference call to tack on another three points, with Tucker connecting from 23-yards to make the score 6-3 Baltimore.

After Antonio Brown throws an interception on a fake end-around, the Ravens quickly move the ball downfield, aided by a questionable defensive holding on a third down, and extend the score again. On the deciding play, Joe Flacco connected with Anquan Bolding to make the score 13-3 with three minutes remaining in the first half.

The Steelers were able to put a drive together late in the first half, with Suisham capping the 37-yard drive with a 41-yard field goal to move the score to 13-6.

Offensively, the Steelers have struggled with consistency in all phases. In the assign game, Charlie Batch has completed 9-of-16 for 57-yards, but missed a couple of wide-open throws that the team needed. Mike Wallace also continued his trend of dropping passes, which does not help in critical match-ups. Jonathan Dwyer has eight carried for 29 yards to pace the rushing attack.

Injuries continue to mount for the Steelers, who lost another starter early in the contest. This time, cornerback Ike Taylor injured his ankle on the first series and will not return, being seen on the sideline in a walking boot.

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Tags: Anquan Boldin, Charlie Batch, Football, Joe Flacco, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Shaun Suisham

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