BALTIMORE – The Ravens have beaten the Steelers three straight times, and two of those losses have been crushing to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
In the opening round of last year’s playoffs, the Ravens ended the Steelers’ season with a 30-17 victory at Heinz Field. Then on Sunday, with the Ravens (5-10) already out of the playoff picture, they beat the Steelers again, 20-17. The Steelers (9-6) no longer control their playoff destiny, and after the game, Roethlisberger was clearly disappointed.
“We shot ourselves in the foot today,” said Roethlisberger who threw two interceptions. “It’s our fault, it’s my fault.
"The only thing we can do now is play, win, watch, and hope.”
Roethlisberger threw his first interception on a pass over the middle intended for Antonio Brown that was picked off by Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith.
“You can never throw it short down the middle,” Roethlisberger said. “I left it a couple of inches short and their guy makes the play.”
On the second interception, Roethlisberger tried to make a back-shoulder throw to Brown, who was being covered tightly by Jimmy Smith. The throw was off target, and Smith played the ball and intercepted the pass.
“We’ve completed (that pass) 1,000 times before, and I didn’t put it outside a couple more inches, and he made a great play on it for them,” Roethlisberger said.
Roethlisberger won’t see the Ravens again until next season. And thanks to Sunday’s loss, Roethlisberger’s season may be ending very soon.