Steelers 13

(7-3, 4-1 away)

Ravens 16

(3-7, 3-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 20, 2005


1 2 3 4 OT T
PIT 0 6 0 7 013
BAL 0 13 0 0 316

Top Performers

Passing: T. Maddox (PIT) - 230 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Taylor (BAL) - 19 CAR, 59 YDS

Receiving: H. Ward (PIT) - 6 REC, 81 YDS

Ravens snap four-game skid with OT win vs. Steelers

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens were delighted to end a touchdown drought that had lasted an agonizing 12 quarters.

It was over when ...
Matt Stover's 44-yard field goal sailed through the uprights with 4:09 left in the overtime session. Simple enough.
Game ball goes to ...
Stover. Baltimore's kicker was 3-for-3 on field goals for the day, including two kicks of more than 40 yards.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen It's obvious the Steelers can't play at an elite level without Big Ben. He's the most important player to this team and they know and appreciate that. They need to be able to take those strikes downfield and have a quarterback who can make plays when needed. Tommy Maddox is prone to throwing interceptions, doesn't complete a lot of passes, and that's a terrible combination.
-- Eric Allen

That was nothing compared to the feeling of breaking a four-game losing streak by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"We need a win around here. It's been a while since we've won, and it means a lot, man," Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller said Sunday after Matt Stover kicked a 44-yard field goal with 4:09 left in overtime for a 16-13 victory.

The game-winner came at the end of a 30-yard drive that included a 12-yard pass from Boller to Randy Hymes on a third-and-9 from the Baltimore 44. Seven plays later, Stover drilled the game-winner through the uprights.

"What a great finish, what a great game," said Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who had one interception and another wiped out by a penalty.

Boller completed 21-of-36 passes for 163 yards. His 3-yard touchdown pass to Hymes in the second quarter ended the Ravens' run of 190 consecutive minutes without a TD.

The Ravens (3-7) took advantage of a Pittsburgh offense run by Tommy Maddox, who produced only one touchdown playing in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh's leader missed a third straight game since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.

Maddox went 19-for-36 for 230 yards and an interception. He also lost a fumble.

"We didn't make plays when we needed to. If I make a couple of throws at the end of the game or in overtime, it's probably a different story," Maddox said. "It's tough to lose a game you felt you should have won."

Pittsburgh (7-3) had an 11-game winning streak on the road since losing in Baltimore in September 2004.

"We have to move forward," Steelers coach Bill Cowher said. "Right now it's a six-game season. That's how we have to look at it."

For 50 minutes, Pittsburgh looked a whole lot like the 2005 Ravens: Their quarterback was ineffective, the running game struggled and they hadn't come close to scoring a touchdown.

The Steelers trailed 13-6 and had already burned all their timeouts before getting the ball at their own 15 with 9:44 left in the fourth quarter. The drive started with a procedure call against Pittsburgh, but then its stumbling offense came to life.

With Maddox leading the way, the Steelers covered the distance in seven plays to tie it with 5:15 remaining. The capper was an 11-yard touchdown pass to Willie Parker, who broke several tackles en route to the end zone.

Maddox went 4-for-4 for 67 yards on the march and wide receiver Antwaan Randle El also got into the act, taking a snap in shotgun formation before completing a 5-yarder to Hines Ward.

Ward finished with six catches for 81 yards -- 11 more yards than Pittsburgh accumulated on the ground.

"They weren't going to let us run. That was their scheme," Ward said. "It left us a lot of opportunities in the passing game."

Baltimore had one final chance to score in regulation, getting the ball at its 44 with 1:07 to go after Suggs intercepted a pass that Ward inadvertently kicked into the air. But the Ravens couldn't get past the Pittsburgh 42.

That only delayed the euphoria they felt after Stover's kick in overtime.

"I'm just happy to be smiling on a Sunday. It's been a long time," defensive tackle Anthony Weaver said. "This is huge for us, something to build on."

Pittsburgh trailed 13-6 at halftime after making only three first downs and gaining 69 yards, including just 10 on the ground.

Soon after the Ravens' string of successive quarters without a touchdown reached 12, Stover kicked a 47-yard field goal to put Baltimore up 3-0. Jeff Reed answered with a 44-yard field goal, ending a 50-yard drive that included a 32-yard pass from Maddox to Ward.

Hymes' drought-ending touchdown, which came on an excellent grab, came two plays after a replay review overturned an apparent fumble recovery by Pittsburgh.

It was the Ravens' first touchdown since Halloween, when they scored in the first quarter of a 20-19 loss to Pittsburgh.

Reed kicked a 37-yard field goal with 4:26 left in the half after Jamal Lewis lost a fumble on the Baltimore 20, and Stover capped the Ravens' most productive quarter of the year (13 points) with a 25-yarder just before the break.

Game notes

Pittsburgh safety Russell Stuvaints hurt his right knee in the first quarter and did not return. ... Baltimore linebacker Tommy Polley recorded his third sack, the fifth of his five-year career. ... Baltimore cornerback Samari Rolle left in the fourth quarter with a concussion.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1718
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6979
Total Yards282241
Yards per play4.13.1
Total Drives1615
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-30-2
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders

Randle El2/2168.0000-0

Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders

Randle El45012.5023

Scoring Summary

balFG14:22Matt Stover 39 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 37 yds, 11:19
pitFG9:58Jeff Reed 36 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 50 yds, 4:14
balTD6:14Randy Hymes, 3 yd pass from Kyle Boller (Matt Stover kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 47 yds, 3:30
pitFG5:13Jeff Reed 29 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 1 yds, 0:11
balFG0:21Matt Stover 16 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 56 yds, 3:56
pitTD5:22Willie Parker, 11 yd pass from Tommy Maddox (Jeff Reed kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 85 yds, 4:22
balFG4:16Matt Stover 36 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 26 yds, 3:53