I tried to tell you all that those uniforms bring bad karma, but you wanted to argue and say I was wrong. Ha. Now what do you think?
Do you understand now why I don’t want to see those throwbacks ever again and certainly not the rest Â of this season. We have enough adversity without messing with the karma. Throwbacks and Coach T in a white sweatshirt? Â Who thought it was ok to mess with football karma on Ravens-Steelers night???
OK, Ravens fans, I am ready for you to tell me that I am making excuses -and I am going to start with this: That NON-helmet to helmet call when Ray Lewis hit Hines Ward was ridiculous. Even worse was Harbaugh throwing the flag, challenging the reception and WINNING the call. Maybe you couldn’t see it at the game, but let me tell you. Hines was hit hard, and got a concussion and THAT’s why, if anything, he didn’t hold onto the ball. His head also hit the ground pretty hard. Trust me, I am not whining about the hit, I am whining about the unfairness in the call. Â If that had been James Harrison hitting anything it would have been a flag, a call and a fine. In fact, James Harrison will probably be fined for Ray Lewis’ hit. Â And then they get Ryan Clark later with a call. Â You know and I know it wasn’t right. So, I pointed it out, we agree, and we move on.
If that had not been a Ravens – Steelers game, I would have said it was the best game I had seen in a while. But between holding my breath, rocking back and forth, tweeting and crying, I was an emotional mess with a migraine to boot.
Harrison is back and has 3 sacks on Flacco. Including a jump over Ray Rice (or rather Rice moved out of the way because he was scared) to put pressure on Flacco. (James also had 6 tackles and 1 forced fumble)
Speaking of Rice, he was held to just 43 yards. Much better than game one.
Antonio Brown had 5 receptions for 109 yards. (Way to go young money! And he’s also on my fantasy team, thanks for the points!!) He’s going to be a super star. Between Brown, Wallace and Sanders, Ben has a million options on offense. And how about Cotchery stepping in and picking up the slack when Hines went out? Solid depth at receiver.
Ben had 20 completions out of 32 attempts for 330 yards. His third game over 300 in a row. Ben is playing great football right now and I hope that trend continues through the rest of the season.
I’ve been saying it for a couple years, maybe now you will believe me. Will Gay is terrible in coverage. The Ravens did exactly what anyone with common sense should do, attack that side. At one point in the third quarter, Polamalu was dropping back in coverage to help him out, but towards the 4th, that stopped and I am not sure why. I agree that pressuring Flacco is a good idea, but if he gets time, and everyone is in the box, that means someone is open. I’d like to see how Keenan Lewis does in coverage. I am lobbying for him for a start. Let’s go Keenan!
I’m also surprised at Ike and getting called for pass interference. That was a big mistake and in the endzone. I’m not saying he didn’t do it, he did. And it was a big mistake that cost the Steelers. The Steelers had 6 penalties for 69 yards compared to the Ravens 3 penalties for 29 yards. In a game like this, those penalties mean a lot.
And the worst part of the game, that delay of game at the end that pushed the Steelers out of field goal range. Now, I am not sure if Tomlin wanted to get the delay of game or what, but I understand trusting the defense to hold the Ravens and end the game. Except that’s not what happened since the Ravens drove 92 yards Â - Â and quickly. But I think I get the decision. Â What I don’t get was the play call before that on a sweep to Mewelde Moore that went no where. It just seemed like there was so much confusion and all they had to do was hold them – and hold them at lest to a FG. They needed a TD to win and they got it.
Did we miss Woodley on this drive? Yes.
Overall, this game was exactly what we expected it would be. The outcome wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for, but the Steelers will see the Ravens again in playoffs. Now its a fight for the division and first, both teams have to break down Cincinnati who is right in step with the Steelers and Ravens.