Twenty-one points in the first quarter, huh?
How many of you expected that?
For the first 14 minutes, we had as even a game as you could ask for.
The Steelers blitzed the heck out of Joe Flacco. The Ravens blitzed the heck out of Ben Roethlisberger (with less effectiveness).
Pittsburgh got the benefit of a huge pass interference call on Josh Wilson. Baltimore got the benefit of a huge pass interference call on Anthony Madison.
Rashard Mendenhall had a touchdown run. Ray Rice had a touchdown run.
We had a 7-7 ballgame, and neither team had established too much momentum. That is, until we saw one of the wackiest plays in some time.
Terrell Suggs rushed around right tackle and stripped the ball from Roethlisberger, but for some reason, no one went to pick it up. The ball spun on the turf for about three or four seconds as everyone stood around and talked politics.
Then, finally, Cory Redding picked it up, and casually ran into the end zone from 13 yards out, giving the Ravens a 14-7 lead.
The Steelers challenged the play, but the ruling was confirmed, and the Ravens sucked all the life out of Heinz Field.
Pittsburgh is now out of challenges, the Ravens have all the momentum and they have a huge seven-point lead after scoring back-to-back touchdowns.
If the Ravens go on to win this one, that play will be talked about for years to come. Count on it.