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Ravens 13, Steelers 10

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor tackles Ravens running back Bernard Pierce. Baltimore takes a two-game lead in the AFC North with its victory and owns the tiebreaker over Pittsburgh as well.

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Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor tackles Ravens running back Bernard Pierce. Baltimore takes a two-game lead in the AFC North with its victory and owns the tiebreaker over Pittsburgh as well.

PITTSBURGH — The Ravens shut down Byron Leftwich, and Jacoby Jones supplied the offense they needed to grab control of the AFC North.

Jones returned a punt for a touchdown, Justin Tucker hit two field goals and Baltimore beat Pittsburgh 13-10 Sunday night in another slugfest between two of the NFL's biggest rivals.

The Ravens moved two games in front of the Steelers by shutting down Pittsburgh's offense, which sputtered without injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Leftwich, making his first start in more than three years, was 18-of-39 for 201 yards and an interception. He ran for a score but was also sacked three times.

Joe Flacco wasn't much better, completing 20-of-32 for 164 yards, but the Ravens didn't need him to beat the Steelers for the third straight time at Heinz Field. The past five times the teams have met in Pittsburgh, the game has been decided by exactly three points, with the Ravens winning three.

The Steelers are 0-5 against the Ravens since 2005 when Roethlisberger doesn't start. He is out indefinitely with a sprained right shoulder and a dislocated rib.

Leftwich sought his first win as a starter since Oct. 8, 2008, a span of 2,234 days. He'll have to wait at least seven more after the Ravens pounded him relentlessly in the second half.

Baltimore's offense struggled against the NFL's No. 1 ranked defense. Ray Rice finished with just 40 yards on 20 carries but it didn't matter.

Shaun Suisham's 22-yard field goal drew the Steelers within 13-10. Pittsburgh got the ball back at its 16 with 1:05 left and no timeouts, but did nothing.

The Steelers hosted a number of franchise greats, including Hall-of-Famers Lynn Swann, John Stallworth and Joe Greene.

Leftwich went deep on the game's first snap trying to hit Mike Wallace, drawing a pass interference penalty. Two plays later Leftwich — who joked all week about his lack of speed — bought time in the pocket, rolled right and made for the sideline. Rather than slide or duck out of bounds, the 250-pound Leftwich got a block and raced — in a manner of speaking — 31 yards for a touchdown for a 7-0 lead.

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Ravens 13, Steelers 10 11/18/12 [Last modified: Monday, November 19, 2012 12:39am]
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