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