Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Steelers 23, Ravens 20

BALTIMORE — Because there's still some life in the 37-year-old arm of Charlie Batch, the Steelers remain alive in the AFC North.

Batch directed a 61-yard drive in the closing minutes and Shaun Suisham kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired Sunday to give Pittsburgh a 23-20 victory over Baltimore.

Playing without injured Ben Roethlisberger for a third straight week, the Steelers turned to Batch for the second game in a row. The 15-year veteran threw for 276 yards and a touchdown, rallying the Steelers in a must-win game against their hated division rivals.

"This is big. It was another opportunity for me to come out here and start, which is rare right now," said Batch, who took over after backup Byron Leftwich was injured against Baltimore two weeks ago.

"To be able to go on the road and do something that nobody outside of our locker room thought that we could do is big."

Pittsburgh snapped a two-game skid and kept alive its slim hopes of overtaking Baltimore, which leads the division by two games. The teams split their games this season, with each winning by three points. Seven of the past eight regular-season games between the teams have been decided by that margin.

"That was a typical Pittsburgh-Baltimore game," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "It's amazing how it works out that way."

Pittsburgh trailed 13-3 in the first half and 20-13 in the fourth quarter before coming back.

The Ravens could have clinched a playoff berth with a win. Instead, they had a 15-game home winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in 13 games against division foes.

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