QB Ben Roethlisberger connected with Antonio Brown on a 58-yard pass with less than two minutes left on the clock. Four plays later, Rashard Mendenhall scored from two yards out to seal a 31-24 win in Saturday’s Divisional Playoff game. The win marked not only Pittsburgh’s third win over the Baltimore Ravens this season, but also the Steelers ninth win against division teams in the postseason. It was a close game filled with mistakes, penalties and turnovers from both sides. The lead was thrown back and forth, but it was Pittsburgh that took it in the end. Odds.
What a return for Roethlisberger! He finished with 19 of 32 for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Holding the ball a little too long while in the pocket gave Baltimore the opportunity to sack him six times, and force one fumble. Mendenhall recorded 46 rushing yards with two touchdowns, while hauled in four catches for 54 yards and was targeted a team-high seven ties by Roethlisberger. The Steelers struggled in the first half, but a touchdown from Hines Ward and a 9-yard scoring pass to Heath Miller in the third swayed the momentum in Pittsburgh’s favor. The team took the lead and never gave it back. The defense held the Ravens to two first downs and a low 27 yards and outgained them 263-126. As he has done many times in his career, Big Ben led his team to a late comeback victory. Scores.
Baltimore thought they had it with their two converted turnovers for touchdowns in the first, but they spoke too soon. LB Terrell Suggs had a killer game, but the secondary was held and constantly pressured. QB Joe Flacco delivered a pressure-influenced 16 of 30 for 125 yards and a touchdown, while the receivers simply let the ball fall through their fingers. Las Vegas odds.
Baltimore’s playoff experience this season is over, but the Steelers will go on the face either the New York Jets or New England Patriots. If they win their next game, it will make for their third Super Bowl in six seasons. For the best online betting information, look no further than www.scoresandodds.com.
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