Big Ben finds his groove too late
BALTIMORE — The Ravens frustrated longtime nemesis Ben Roethlisberger long enough to build a three-touchdown lead.
By the time Roethlisberger found his groove, it was too late.
Joe Flacco threw a 95-yard touchdown to former Steeler Mike Wallace as Baltimore snapped a four-game losing streak and moved into a tie atop the AFC North with the Steelers, who have lost three in a row.
Three weeks after having right knee surgery, Roethlisberger returned well ahead of schedule. Playing for the first time since Oct. 16, the 13-year veteran looked out of synch until the fourth quarter, when he directed a 75-yard drive that got the Steelers to 21-7 with 8:38 left.
Before that, Pittsburgh's offense produced only two first downs and was limited to 69 yards. The Steelers totaled 36 yards rushing, 32 by Le'Veon Bell.
"The bottom line is we put ourselves in a big hole with some adversity, some of which was created by us," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.