2. The Defense
Pittsburgh’s defense was commendably stingy, forcing turnovers aplenty.
Baltimore went three-and-out four times in the second quarter, despite having a three-and-out percentage just under 30% in their previous three games. Joe Flacco was sacked four times and intercepted twice, once by Ryan Shazier and once by Mike Hilton. Hilton also notched a sack.
The Steelers’ defense bent but didn’t break in third quarter, as the offense was lulling, giving up the only nine points of the game off Justin Tucker’s toe first, and a Terrance West rushing touchdown second. They righted the ship on a two-point conversion that had to be reviewed to find an elbow had touched the ground before the ball touched the plane. Keeping Baltimore to single digits isn’t always easy, so this is a performance for the unit to hang its hat on.
Offensively for Baltimore, Flacco was 31 of 49 through the air for 235 yards, and former Steeler Mike Wallace led the team in receiving yards with 55 and a touchdown.