The Steelers are coming off of a monumental victory over Tom Brady and the Patriots and are gearing up for a rematch with their division rivals from Baltimore.
There is one notable absence as Roethlisberger has been ruled out for the next three to four weeks with a sprained knee. In his place, backup quarterback Byron Leftwich gets the start against the Ravens.
Without their star quarterback, the Steelers are forced to run the ball on the Ravens.
The combination of Mendenhall and Redman actually finds moderate success against a normally staunch Ravens run defense.
Since the Steelers have shut down the Ravens rushing attack, Flacco is forced to air the ball out.
He actually does a fair job until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Usually during this time, either one or two things happen. Troy Polamalu causes a clutch turnover or Big Ben leads a game-winning drive.
With Ben sidelined, only one thing can happen. On a third down from the 50-yard line, Polamalu jumps on a deep pass intended for Lee Evans and returns it across the Steelers 30-yard line.
At this point Leftwich borrows some of Ben's late-game magic and uses it to drive the Steelers to the 25-yard line.
The drive stalls and Suisham is brought on to kick the game into overtime. This time, Suisham connects and sends the Steelers into overtime.
Pittsburgh wins the coin toss and after a touchback, starts off from their own 20. On the first two downs, the Steelers stall and gain nothing.
On third down, a pass intended for Emmanuel Sanders is picked off by Haloti Ngata. Even though Ngata is 300-plus pounds, he has the quickness of a linebacker.
The big man rumbles all the way down to the 10-yard line before he is shoved out of bounds.
With priceless field position, the Ravens forgo any type of play and elect to automatically kick the field goal.
To the disappointment of over 65,000 Steelers fans, the kick sails through the uprights as the Ravens pull out the narrow victory.
Even though they lost, the Steelers can still boast about one thing. Joe Flacco has yet to beat the them with Ben Roethlisberger as the quarterback.
Steelers lose 19-16.