With so much on the line and a fourth quarter lead, the Baltimore Ravens let a playoff berth and a couple of impressive winning streaks slip through their fingers. They also gave their hated rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, an opportunity to keep their once-fading playoff hopes alive.
The Steeler's 23-20 come-from-behind win was as much about Baltimore failing to finish a wounded enemy, as it was Pittsburgh's resilience.
For the second game in three weeks the Steelers trotted out a veteran, slow-moving backup quarterback. For the second time in as many games, the Pittsburgh backup has outplayed the Baltimore Raven's starting quarterback.
It was a typical Baltimore-Pittsburgh slugfest, full of venom and ill will, coming down to a final fourth quarter possession. The Steeler's win evens the season series with Baltimore and adds a little more spice to the AFC playoff picture.
Here are my winners and losers from Sunday's game.