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Week 14 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 38, Pittsburgh Steelers 39

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Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens put together their best offensive performance of the season against the Steelers. Alex Collins was the focal point of the Ravens offense and he contributed explosive plays that fueled almost every Ravens scoring drive. Collins elite combination of speed, quickness, and power make him hard to handle in the open field. Joe Flacco played relatively well but had 3 or 4 passes that easily could have been intercepted. The game plan for the Ravens seemed to feature Jeremy Maclin and Danny Woodhead but the Ravens turned to other options after mixed results early. Mike Wallace appeared to suffer an ankle injury but later returned to the game and played well. Chris Moore looked the Ravens best wide receiver and he may have earned more playing time going forward with a 30 yard touchdown.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger led an epic comeback as the Steelers won their eighth-consecutive game by a score of 39-38 over the Baltimore Ravens. The team played with emotion in the playoff-like atmosphere as they battled for injured linebacker Ryan Shazier. The Steelers offense started fast building a 14-0 lead before falling behind by 11 points during the third quarter. Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown willed the victory as the team secured the AFC North Division. The offense was remarkably efficient on third down converting 12 out of 18 opportunities.

Baltimore Ravens

QB Joe Flacco, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 35 - 269 - 2 TD / 1 INT
Joe Flacco started the game with a 22 yard completion to Danny Woodhead on 3rd down but threw an ugly interception on the Ravens while the Ravens were well within Justin Tucker’s field goal range. The pass was intended for Maclin but fell nowhere near him. The Ravens were again able to get a few first downs on their second possession but the drive again stalled with another miscue between Flacco and Maclin. Flacco put together a methodical scoring drive punctuated by a 30 yard touchdown to Chris Moore. Flacco’s pass was underthrown but good enough for the score. Flacco connected with Mike Wallace for a 40 yard gain to open the Ravens ensuing possession the pass was again underthrown but Flacco completed the easy throw. Flacco almost threw an ugly interception to Cam Heyward who jumped in front of Woodhead underneath. Flacco was again almost intercepted this time by Artie Burns who would have made the play had Wallace not ripped the ball out of his hands forcing an incompletion. The Ravens scored touchdowns on consecutive possessions that were fueled by the run game and Alex Collins. Flacco did connect with Maclin for 19 yards and Mike Wallace drew a 31 yard pass interference penalty to set up a 6 yard touchdown pass to Patrick Ricard. The Ravens final scoring drive featured a personal foul penalty and a questionable 20 yard pass interference call. Buck Allen capped the drive with a 9 yard touchdown run. The Ravens offense did not manage a first down during their two final possessions with the game on the line

RB Alex Collins, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 120 - 1, Rec: 2 - 46 - 0 (2 targets)
Alex Collins played his best game of the season and was an unstoppable force against the Steelers. Collins took a check down from Flacco for 9 yards and fumbled as he went to the ground but Mike Wallace recovered the loose ball. Collins showed impressive power finishing a 9 yard carry by sending two defenders to the ground. Collins broke three tackles along the sideline after catching a check down and raced down the sideline for 37 yards. Collins took an inside handoff, bounced his run to the outside, and found enough day light to score an 18 yard touchdown. With just a sliver of day light Collins burst into the open field for an impressive 17 yard gain and was brought down at the 1 yard line. Collins got a block from James Hurst on the edge and exploded up the sideline for 21 yards. Buck Allen had two touchdowns but Collins was in the backfield on the first touchdown and was getting a breather on the second.

RB Javorius Allen, 13 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 25 - 2, Rec: 2 - 32 - 0 (2 targets)
Buck Allen escaped out of the backfield off of play action and took a check down 20 yards as he tip toed down the sideline. Allen picked up 12 more yards on a simple swing pass to the flat. Allen scored 1 yard touchdown after Collins got the Ravens down to the 1 yard line. Collins and Allen were both lined up in the backfield for the touchdown but Allen got the carry. Buck Allen followed a nice block from Pat Ricard and scored a 9 yard touchdown running off right tackle.

RB Danny Woodhead, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 7 - 0, Rec: 4 - 29 - 0 (5 targets)
Danny Woodhead was featured early but the Ravens turned to Alex Collins after two stalled possessions. Woodhead got behind Javon Hargrave as Joe Flacco scrambled and was rewarded with a 22 yard catch and run on 3rd and 8. Woodhead caught a screen pass for a 3 yard gain.

WR Chris Moore, 24 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 48 - 1 (3 targets)
Chris Moore looked like the Ravens best wide receiver against the Steelers. Moore caught his first target running a comeback route for an 11 yard gain. Moore made a nice adjustment on a sideline catch for a 7 yard gain. Moore ran right by Sean Davis on a 9 route and Flacco found him for a 30 yard touchdown.

WR Mike Wallace, 40 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 72 - 0 (5 targets)
Mike Wallace ran a deep in breaking route and made his first catch for 18 yards. Wallace got wide open running a go route and Flacco found him for a 40 yard gain. Flacco’s pass was well underthrown or Wallace may have picked up significantly more yardage. Mike Wallace drew a 31 yard pass interference penalty on a deep target from Flacco. It was a questionable call with both players making contact with each other. Wallace drew another pass interference penalty this time on Artie Burns for 20 yards. The call was highly questionable.

WR Jeremy Maclin, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 27 - 0 (11 targets)
Jeremy Maclin was horribly inefficient against the Steelers. Maclin was not on the same page as Flacco on a number of his targets. A few of his targets were passes that were thrown away but for the most part Flacco could not find Maclin open. Maclin made his first catch in the flat and was hit immediately for a 1 yard loss. Maclin made a 9 yard catch running a comeback route. Maclin picked up 19 yards running an in route.

Pittsburgh Steelers

QB Ben Roethlisberger, 89 offensive snaps, Pass: 44 - 66 - 506 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0
Ben Roethlisberger finished with a career-best 44 completions on a career-high 66 passing attempts for 506 yards and two touchdowns. In the process, he set a record as the first player in NFL history to pass for over 500 yards on three separate occasions. Roethlisberger looked comfortable running the no-huddle formation throughout the game thus preventing the Ravens a chance to substitute and attack with exotic blitz packages. He showed poise and chemistry with Antonio Brown and his tight ends. Mid first quarter, Roethlisberger threw his first touchdown of the game on a quick pass to Bell, who did the heavy lifting. The veteran quarterback did not flinch when he was down by 11 points during the fourth quarter. On a 1st and goal, Roethlisberger ran play-action and found fullback Roosevelt Nix for the short touchdown pass. Roethlisberger also improved his prime-time record at Heinz Field to 21-3.

RB LeVeon Bell, 80 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 48 - 2, Rec: 9 - 77 - 1 (10 targets)
Leveon Bell led the charge as he finished with 125 total yards and three total touchdowns. Mid first quarter, Bell lined up on the outside as he ran a quick slant and then shook off the initial defender for a 20-yard touchdown reception. Early second quarter after the Ravens committed a pass interference penalty in the end zone, Bell patiently ran up-the-middle for his second touchdown of the game. Bell limped off the field during the second quarter after a low tackle but returned promptly for the next offensive series. Late 4th quarter on a 3rd and 1, Bell took the handoff and patiently danced around the right side of the line before bouncing it to the outside sideline for an 11-yard touchdown run, his third touchdown of the game. Bell has now recorded the most scrimmage yards by any NFL player in league history through their first 60 games.

WR Antonio Brown, 86 offensive snaps, Rec: 11 - 213 - 0 (18 targets)
Antonio Brown once again shined when the prime-time lights were on as he finished with 11 receptions on 18 targets for 213 yards. Brown ran clean routes and consistently beat the Ravens secondary, minus cornerback Jimmy Smith. He was able to get behind Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr on multiple occasions while completing long receptions. Browns’ chemistry was spot-on with Ben Roethlisberger as he weaved his way in and out of traffic completing both routine and difficult receptions. Early fourth quarter on a 3rd and 10, Brown got behind the defense while running a quick slant for a 57-yard reception. Brown now has over 1500 receiving yards this season and on pace for 1857 yards, the third highest total in NFL history.

WR Martavis Bryant, 71 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 33 - 0 (10 targets)
Martavis Bryant had a disappointing performance with six receptions for 33 yards. Bryant struggled filling in for the suspended JuJu Smith-Schuster with kickoff return duties as he put the offensive in negative starting positions on multiple occasions.

TE Jesse James, 71 offensive snaps, Rec: 10 - 97 - 0 (12 targets)
Jesse James finished with a career-high ten receptions for a career-best 97 yards. He was remarkably efficient securing 10 of his 12 targets. James dominated in the short to intermediate passing game with crossing-routes and slants. The tight end was one of the main beneficiaries of the offense playing from behind for most of the second half.

TE Vance McDonald, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 52 - 0 (6 targets)
Vance McDonald finished with a season-best four receptions for 52 yards. Along with Jesse James, McDonald also thrived in the short-to-intermediate passing game. The tight end was able to shake off defenders while picking up additional yardage. McDonald left during the second half with a shoulder injury.