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Suisham's late field goal lifts Steelers over Ravens, 19-16

Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham watches his winning field goal against the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham watches his winning field goal against the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Steelers tight end Heath Miller celebrates his first-quarter touchdown against the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers tight end Heath Miller celebrates his first-quarter touchdown against the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws to Jerricho Cotchery against the Ravens on the first-quarter touchdown drive Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws to Jerricho Cotchery against the Ravens on the first-quarter touchdown drive Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Steelers safety Troy Polamalu leaps over the line of scrimmage on an extra-point attempt by the Ravens during the fourth quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers safety Troy Polamalu leaps over the line of scrimmage on an extra-point attempt by the Ravens during the fourth quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and center fielder Andrew McCutchen lead the Terrible Towel wave before the start of the Steelers' game against the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and center fielder Andrew McCutchen lead the Terrible Towel wave before the start of the Steelers' game against the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Steelers receiver Derek Moye catches a pass over the Ravens' Matt Elam during the second quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers receiver Derek Moye catches a pass over the Ravens' Matt Elam during the second quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - The Ravens' Ray Rice finds a hole against the Steelers' defense during third-quarter action Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Ravens' Ray Rice finds a hole against the Steelers' defense during third-quarter action Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Steelers tight end Heath Miller rumbles into the end zone for a first-quarter touchdown against the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers tight end Heath Miller rumbles into the end zone for a first-quarter touchdown against the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Steelers receiver Antonio Brown celebrates after his first-down catch to set up the winning field goal by Shaun Suisham to beat the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers receiver Antonio Brown celebrates after his first-down catch to set up the winning field goal by Shaun Suisham to beat the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham makes a 42-yard field goal to beat the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham makes a 42-yard field goal to beat the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Steelers safety Ryan Clark upends Ravens tight end Ed Dickson during the first quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers safety Ryan Clark upends Ravens tight end Ed Dickson during the first quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - The Steelers' Stevenson Sylvester levels Ravens kicker Justin Tucker on an onside kick attempt in the third quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Steelers' Stevenson Sylvester levels Ravens kicker Justin Tucker on an onside kick attempt in the third quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws a touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller during the first half against the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws a touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller during the first half against the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Steelers receiver Antonio Brown eludes Ravens cornerback Corey Graham on the winning drive Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers receiver Antonio Brown eludes Ravens cornerback Corey Graham on the winning drive Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Steelers receiver Antonio Brown makes a first-down catch in front of the Ravens' Jimmy Smith to set up the winning field goal to beat the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers receiver Antonio Brown makes a first-down catch in front of the Ravens' Jimmy Smith to set up the winning field goal to beat the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell carries through the Ravens defense during the third quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell carries through the Ravens defense during the third quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Steelers cornerback William Gay breaks up a pass intended for Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones during the third quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers cornerback William Gay breaks up a pass intended for Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones during the third quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - The Steelers' Emmanuel Sanders returns a kickoff for an apparent fourth-quarter touchdown, but he stepped out of bounds on the 44-yard line against the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>The Steelers' Emmanuel Sanders returns a kickoff for an apparent fourth-quarter touchdown, but he stepped out of bounds on the 44-yard line against the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons brings down Ravens tight end Dallas Clark during the first quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons brings down Ravens tight end Dallas Clark during the first quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley chases Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco causing an bad throw on third down, forcing the Ravens into a field goal Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley chases Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco causing an bad throw on third down, forcing the Ravens into a field goal Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threads a fourth-quarter pass past Steelers linebacker to Tandon Doss for a first down Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threads a fourth-quarter pass past Steelers linebacker to Tandon Doss for a first down Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is sacked by Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley during the second quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is sacked by Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley during the second quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger avoids fouth-quarter pressure from the Ravens' Courtney Upshaw on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger avoids fouth-quarter pressure from the Ravens' Courtney Upshaw on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham kicks the winning field goal as time expires against the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Christopher Horner  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham kicks the winning field goal as time expires against the Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger eludes Ravens defender Jameel McClain during a fourth-quarter run Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger eludes Ravens defender Jameel McClain during a fourth-quarter run Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 at Heinz Field.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - The Steelers' Ike Taylor can't prevent Ravens receiver Torrey Smith from making a third-quarter catch Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>The Steelers' Ike Taylor can't prevent Ravens receiver Torrey Smith from making a third-quarter catch Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has his facemask pulled by Ravens defender Elvis Dumervil during the third quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has his facemask pulled by Ravens defender Elvis Dumervil during the third quarter Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review - Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger runs for a first down in the third quarter against the Ravens Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review</em></div>Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger runs for a first down in the third quarter against the Ravens Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Heinz Field.

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Efficient performance

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's stats in Sunday's win over the Ravens:

Completions-Attempts 17-23

Passing yards 160

Touchdowns 1

Rating 107.2

Rushing yards 25

Attempts 3

Source: ESPN.com

By Alan Robinson
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, 7:27 p.m.
 

Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, much of the field to cover and less than two minutes to go.

Season after season, this was as close as it gets to an automatic win for the Steelers. For the past two-plus years, however, it was a scenario that guaranteed failure.

So, with their season effectively on the line and the rival Ravens owning the momentum following a length-of-the-field drive engineered by Joe Flacco, Roethlisberger figured it was a time for some revisionist history.

“Obviously, you do not want to be in that situation,” Roethlisberger said. “To get the ball, tied, with two timeouts, you've just got to have confidence. So I told the line and I told our guys, ‘Let's go win it.' ”

Win it, he did.

Roethlisberger led his 20th game-winning drive in the final two minutes — two more than Peyton Manning — and the Steelers beat the Ravens, 19-16, on Sunday at Heinz Field to keep the dream alive.

Maybe it's not an impossible dream, but it's an improbable one: to become only the second team in NFL history to start 0-4 and make the playoffs; only the 1992 Chargers have done it. Many more losses will make it harder, but beating the Ravens at home for the first time in four years gave the Steelers something they lacked a couple of weeks ago:

A chance.

“We're not in it, not yet,” safety Ryan Clark said after the Steelers put together their best all-around performance since beating the Giants at midseason a year ago. “We still have to keep stacking wins. But we're not out of it. That's the big thing.”

Receiver Antonio Brown agreed, saying, “We've still got to get back in the hunt. Are we back in it? Not at all.”

But, just like the 19-6 win at the Jets the week before, there are glimmers of hope emerging on both sides of the ball.

They didn't turn the ball over. They went 7 of 12 on third down. They got 93 yards rushing from rookie Le'Veon Bell — more than any of their backs had for the whole season — and they had their first 100-yard rushing game as a team in 12 games. They repeatedly forced the Ravens to kick field goals.

“It's the way the Steel Curtain used to win; it's been our formula for the last 40-50 years,” safety Troy Polamalu said, referring to the mix of a running game and a big-play defense.

And the Steelers (2-4) won it at the end, something Roethlisberger hadn't done since leading a game-winning field goal drive that beat the Colts, 23-20, on Sept. 25, 2011.

It was the 28th time — six against Baltimore — that he has led the Steelers from a fourth-quarter tie or deficit to win.

During training camp, he said, “I'd like to think I'm still a fourth-quarter, last-drive kind of guy.”

He was, and for the ninth time in the past 11 games the Ravens and Steelers have played, three points decided it.

Flacco, kept out of the end zone all day, finally put together a touchdown drive that covered 73 yards and eight minutes, ending with his 1-yard pass to tight end Dallas Clark with 1:58 remaining.

Just like the old days, it was too much time to give Roethlisberger, who had earlier put the Steelers ahead 7-0 with a 3-yard shovel pass touchdown to tight end Heath Miller — a play the quarterback lobbied to run earlier in the week.

Emmanuel Sanders appeared to put the Steelers ahead with what would have been a 107-yard kickoff return touchdown, but he was ruled to have stepped out at the 34.

But that was a lot of field to give Roethlisberger, who hit Jerricho Cotchery for 7 yards and Brown for 13 and 11 yards. That set up Shaun Suisham for a 42-yard field goal, and he drilled it to win the game on the final play.

“You have to have confidence, and they want to see the confidence from me,” Roethlisberger said of the decisive seven-play, 39-yard drive. “We need to have all the confidence in the world that we are going to go down and win this game. I think everyone believed it.”

The Steelers are anything but perfect, but Suisham is. He also connected from 34, 28 and 38 yards and is 14 for 14 this season.

“That's my job. I'm happy that I did it,” Suisham said. “It's a big win.”

In any other season, being 2-4 would be a monumental failure for the Steelers. Right now, it almost seems like a major accomplishment given the frustration they felt at being 0-4.

They play the next two weeks at Oakland (2-4), where they've lost two straight in major upsets, and at New England (5-2). And the Bengals (5-2) already seem to be pulling away from the Ravens (3-4), Browns (3-4) and Steelers.

But the way they've improved on both sides of the ball since their 34-27 loss to the Vikings in London is providing the same kind of confidence that Roethlisberger instilled on that final drive.

Offensive coordinator Todd Haley flashed some, too, by putting in the wildcat with Bell at quarterback and Roethlisberger as a wide receiver, the shovel pass and some other gadgetry.

“We kind of all put our heads together and came up with some fun, funky-good plays for us,” Roethlisberger said. “And they worked out.”

Alan Robinson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at arobinson@tribweb.com or via Twitter @arobinson_Trib.

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