If you were booking tickets to New England for next weekend, I wouldn’t have blamed you.
Then, it all fell apart.
The Steelers outscored the Ravens 24-3 in the second half, forced three Baltimore turnovers and jumped on the back of Ben Roethlisberger, who led a late game-winning scoring drive to give the Steelers a 31-24 win and send the Ravens packing.
Roethlisberger’s 58-yard completion to Antonio Brown on third-and-19 with under four minutes left set the Steelers up inside the Baltimore 5-yard line, and Rashard Mendenhall’s 2-yard touchdown served as the decisive blow.
Joe Flacco had a chance to lead the Ravens back, but he couldn’t capitalize on great field position, and Baltimore turned the ball over on downs, sealing the Ravens’ fate.
Yet again, it was second-half struggles that did the Ravens in, and yet again, it was the Steelers that ended their season.
Down to the locker room for postgame reactions. Back with much more in a bit.