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Let's start with the special teams.
Sure, Justin Tucker missed a 41-yard field goal—just his second miss of the season I might add—but other than that the Ravens special teams was spot on.
Tucker hit his other two field-goal attempts, while Jacoby Jones continued to establish himself as one of the better returners in the league, returning a punt 63 yards for a touchdown last night.
Sam Koch was his usual brilliant self punting the football, and even a few Justin Tucker kickoffs that the Steelers elected to return were stifled inside the Pittsburgh 20-yard line.
As for the defense, it looked like those players were amped up for this rivalry matchup.
Though the Steelers were without Roethlisberger, the Ravens defense was also banged up, missing Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb, Terrence Cody, Pernell McPhee and Jimmy Smith.
Still, the Ravens put on a defensive clinic. They were able to apply constant pressure to Byron Leftwich thanks to one of Paul Kruger's best games this season. They held Pittsburgh to 0-for-6 on third downs to start the game and limited the Steelers offense to just five first downs in the first half.
In fact, other than Leftwich's 31-yard scramble on the opening drive of the game, the Ravens contained the run fairly well, allowing 35 yards on 10 carries in the first half. The Steelers had more success running the ball using Jonathan Dwyer in the second half, but the Ravens defense was able to come up with some clutch plays in certain situations to weather that storm.
By the end of the night, the Ravens had sacked Leftwich three times, intercepted him once and only allowed him to complete 18 of his 39 passes for just 201 yards. They also delivered some punishing hits, which was reminiscent of vintage Baltimore defenses.