Ravens collapse late, miss playoffs after loss to Steelers (Dec 25, 2016)

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Baltimore Ravens spent the better part of four months shadowboxing the Pittsburgh Steelers for control of the AFC North.

One stop away from seizing control of the division perhaps for good, the Ravens instead gave Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown a little too much room to do what he does as well as anyone in the NFL: creating space where none seems to exist.

Brown squirted between three Baltimore defenders at the goal line and stretched the ball into the end zone with 9 seconds left, giving the Steelers a 31-27 victory and ending any hope of the Ravens reaching the postseason for the second time in three years.

The Ravens (8-7) reclaimed the lead during a frantic fourth quarter on Kyle Juszczyk’s churning 10-yard touchdown with 1:18 to play. Ben Roethlisberger calmly took Pittsburgh 75 yards in 10 plays, the final one shifting the balance of power in one of the league’s best rivalries firmly back to Pittsburgh.

Baltimore coach John Harbaugh called a timeout before the play, wanting to make sure the defensive call was right. It was, but Eric Weddle, C.J. Mosley and Jerraud Powers couldn’t keep Brown’s left arm from shaking loose and extending the ball over the goal line.

”It’s just a bang-bang play,” Weddle said. ”They made the play,

Article source: http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/ravens-collapse-late-miss-playoffs-after-loss-to-steelers-122516

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