Pittsburgh Defeats Baltimore: Intense Battle and Numerous Injuries
The Sunday night game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore featured a clash between two of the most physical and punishing teams in the NFL.
Entering this game, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens both had a record of eight wins and three losses, finding themselves in a dead heat, racing for sole possession of first place in the AFC North.
This game featured the hard hitting and rough punch-fest that is expected from two teams who have a thirst for inflicting pain on opposing teams. On the Steelers' first possession, Ben Roethlisberger would be the recipient of a broken nose.
The hitting was intense throughout the remainder of the game and yielded casualties to both teams, keeping trainers busy, tending the wounded.
Todd Heap, starting tight end for Baltimore, would leave the game with a strained hamstring. Pittsburgh would suffer a few casualties of their own, other than Roethlisbergers' broken nose.
The Steelers, not to be out done in any category, would suffer the following injuries:
Flozell Adams, right tackle, suffered a sprained ankle; Heath Miller, tight end, would receive a concussion on what many consider a questionable hit by Baltimore linebacker Jameel McClain; and Pittsburgh continued to add to their wounded in action list with a knee injury to punter Daniel Sepulveda.
Baltimore would be the only team to score in the first quarter on a 14 yard TD pass from Joe Flacco to Anquan Boldin, putting the Ravens up by seven points. The second quarter would be scoreless, sending the game into halftime with the Ravens leading seven to zero.
The third quarter would continue to be a hard fought battle, with both teams scoring a field goal. The score entering the fourth quarter would be 10 to 3, in favor of Baltimore.
Baltimore would be scoreless in the fourth quarter, while Pittsburgh would score 10 points in the quarter, ensuring a victory with a final score of Pittsburgh 13, Baltimore 10. The go ahead TD was on a nine yard pass from Roethlisberger to Isaac Redman, and was the final blow thrown in this heavyweight fight.
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