What an outstanding effort by the defense. The Steelers rarely dropped back into coverage as they relentlessly blitzed Flacco and company all game long.
Troy Polamalu got it started when he blew up Willis McGahee in the backfield on the Ravens' first play. He would make a bigger play on the same blitz later in the game, but more on that later.
Ziggy Hood preceded to sack Flacco on third down for his first of the season. A lot as been required of him lately, and he has been steadily improving every week. He really showed a lot against the Ravens.
Things started to go a little down hill from there as the defense allowed Flacco to complete two 60-plus yard passes from his own end zone to Donte Stallworth and Anquan Boldin on back-to-back drives.
The Ravens drew first blood when they scored with Flacco throwing a 14-yard pass to Anquan Boldin.
Bryant McFadden was in man coverage on Boldin and took his eye off him for a split second to look at Flacco moving around. Boldin was able to get behind him for the score.
It wouldn't be the last time we would hear his name as he got called for a few pass interference penalties and allowed some big completions. With his performance, I wouldn't be surprised if he's lost his starting job.
Ike Taylor did a better job in coverage as usual and even had a sack on a corner blitz. The Steelers finished the first half with two sacks.
Even after a few big plays by the Ravens, the Steelers were only down 7-0 by halftime. In the second half, the Steel Curtain solidified as they only allowed three points all half.
James Farrior added his third sack in four games when he came up the middle untouched in the fourth quarter. Then the big play happened.
Dick LeBeau called a zero blitz which is basically an all-out blitz. Somehow, Troy Polamalu came off the edge untouched and as soon as Flacco was about to release the ball, Troy swiped his arm down and knocked the ball out of his hands.
LaMarr Woodley scooped the fumble up and returned it to the nine-yard line. This turned out to be the game deciding play as the Steelers proceeded to score on a quick slant to Isaac Redman and take the lead in the game.
This happened to be the only touchdown scored against the Ravens off a turnover all season long.
The Ravens still had a minute and change left on the clock and they proceeded to march down the field. At first it looked like they might pull off another upset.
The Ravens converted on 4th-and-2 and got an extra 15 yards on a pass interference penalty on McFadden. However, on the second 4th-and-2, Flacco's throw to the flat was too short for the tight end and the Steelers walked away with a 13-10 victory.
There were many spotlight players on defense. James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley gave the Ravens offensive line fits all night and constantly fought off double teams to make a play.
Brett Keisel looked like he hadn't missed any time at all and helped the Steelers stop the Ravens for only 47 yards rushing.
None made an impact more than Troy Polamalu though. His sack strip on Flacco possibly saved the Steelers from being swept by the Ravens. Thank you Troy.