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Ravens vs. Steelers Live Updates: Score, stats, highlights, videos, analysis

Ravens vs. Steelers Live Updates: Score, stats, highlights, videos, analysis

It's Christmas, which can mean only one thing: The Week 16 showdown between the Ravens and Steelers.

But this Ravens-Steelers game isn't just a typical rivalry game. Nope. The Week 16 matchup has significant playoff implications.

The Ravens (8-6) hold the tiebreaker over the Steelrs (9-5) thanks to their 21-14 win in Week 8.

But because the Dolphins (10-5)  beat the Bills (7-8) on Saturday, a loss to the Steelers would eliminate the Ravens from playoff contention. If the Ravens do beat the Steelers, they would either need to win their Week 17 game against the Bengals (5-9-1) or hope for a Steelers loss against the Browns (1-14).

The Ravens-Steelers rivalry is one of the NFL's best rivalries, and with so much on the line in Week 16, the game should be as intense and entertaining as ever.

The Week 16 game between the Ravens and Steelers kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET on ther NFL Network. But before the action begins, be sure to tune into Ravens Kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET on CSN! (Channel Finder)


CSN-Mid Atlantic is here to provide all the live updates, stats, score, highlights, video and analysis from the pivotal game between the Ravens and Steelers. if you have a comment about the game, besure to leave a comment in the section below the article.



7:33 p.m.: And that's do it. Steelers win the game and the AFC North. The Ravens cannot make the playoffs.

7:27 p.m.: Oh no. Steelers score. Antonio Brown. Ugh. Steelers lead 30-27.

7:26 p.m.: 14 seconds left. Second-and-goal. 

7:25 p.m.: Steelers use their final timeout. 32 secondds left. third-and-4.

7:24 p.m.: This feels like the perfect time for a Big Ben INT.

7:23 p.m.: Steelers driving. Now near the 25-yard line with 40 seconds to go. You're nervous, we're not nervous.

7:14 p.m.: YEAR OF T HE FULLBACK. Kyle Jusczyk (HARVARD GRAD) plows into the end zone from nine yards out. That was huge. Just huge. Ravens 27, Steelers 24.

7:09 p.m.: Two-minute warning and the Ravens are in the red zone.

7:04 p.m.: Ravens driving, down four with 3 minutes remaining.

7:01 p.m.: Le'Veon Bell TD. Woooof.

7:00 p.m.: Antonio Brown again. Eeeeep.

6:59 p.m.: A quick pass to Antonio Brown goes for nearly 20 yards. the Steelers have all of the momentum now.

6:58 p.m.: Another big run from Bell.

6:57 p.m.: Steelers start with the ball inside their own 10-yard line and Le'Veon Bell does Le'Veon Bell things and takes off for a 25-yard game. He now has 109 yards today. 

6:56 p.m.: don't panic, troy. now is not the time to panic, troy.

6:55 p.m.: The Ravens can't capitalize because OF COURSE THEY CAN'T.

6:53 p.m.: The Steelers' kickoff goes out of bounds. The Ravens absolutely need to capitalize.

6:51 p.m.: It's now just a 3-point game. That's why the Ravens needed to get some TDs instead of FGs.

6:50 p.m.: Le'Veon Bell sprints to the corner of the end zone and dives in. Ravens 20, Steelers 17.

6:47 p.m.: Roethlisberger takes a deep shot and Tavon Young commits bvious pass interference. That was bad. 

6:45 p.m.: Injury update

6:43 p.m.: The Ravens can't get into the end zone and are forced to settle for another FG. Justin Tucker makes it, because as weer've established: He is Justin Tucker and Just Tucker doesn't miss. 

6:40 p.m.: Great stat or greatest stat?

6:38 p.m.: 15 Minutes left. Ravens lead and have the ball in the red zone. Gotta get seven points here.

THIRD QUARTER: Ravens 17, Steelers 10

6:35 p.m.: C.J. MOSELY INTERCEPTION! The Alabama product returns it 22 yards. That was a bad pass from big Ben. This has been a great third quarter on both sides of the ball for the Ravens.

6:28 p.m.: A Jeremy Zuttah penalty negates a lot of positive yardage. Stop us if you've heard that before.

6:27 p.m.: Kenneth Dixon picks up another first down with a grow-man run. Man, he is feasting out there.

6:25 p.m.: Terrance West gets a swing pass and takes it nearly 20 yards. It's in the box score as a pass, but that is an extension of the run game, which has been pretty solid today.

6:22 p.m.: Another hard run from Dixon, who carries numerous Steelers on his bacvk for positive yardage.

6:15 p.m.: Steelers settle for a FG. Ravens still lead, 14-10.

6:12 p.m.: Ravens send an extra defender to cover Bell in the flats and Roethlisberger finds Eli Rogers for a 33-yard pick up. Rogers went flying out of bounds into the kicking net.

6:10 p.m.: Le'Veon Bell just put together the most impressive 4-yard run I've seen in a long ime. It looked like a 5-yard loss, but then he shook four Ravens defenders to get positive yardage.

6:07 p.m: Ravens go for 2-point conversion and Flacco finds Steve Smith right across the goal line. Ravens 14, Steelers 7.


6:03 p.m: Zach Orr picks off Ben Roethlisberger! Orr has been in and around INTs all season long. A great start for the Ravens.

6:00 p.m.: Steelers get the ball to start.

SECOND QUARTER: Steelers 7, Ravens 6

5:45 p.m.: Ravens get into the red zone but can't finish with a touchdown. Justin Tucker drills a short field goal. Steelers 7, Ravens 6.

5:42 p.m.: Steve Smith Sr. continues to climb the all-time receptions list.

5:41 p.m.: Flacco flushed out of the pocket, narrowly avoids a sack. He then guns one to Breshad perriman near the sidelines. 40 seconds left in the first half. Ravens need to get points here.

5:37 p.m.: Good news - The Ravens have crossed into Steelers territory in all five of their drives. The bad news - The Ravens have just three points.

5:30 p.m.: Ravens will get the ball back after stopping Bell on a third-and-short.

5:29 p.m.: All things considered, the Ravens defense is doing a good job containing Le'Veon Bell. it's t he passing game the Ravens' defense is struggling with.

5:22 p.m.: Another sack on Joe Flacco. Steelers starting to ramp up the pressure on Flacco and he looks a bit rattled.

5:18 p.m: Ravens go empty backfield on 2nd-and-one. Flacco pass carroms off his receivers hand and is nearly turned into a pick-6. On the next play, Terrence West runs hard for a first down. KEEP IT ON THE GROUND. 

5:14 p.m.: The Ravens secondary looks all out of sorts without Jimmy Smith. They had an interception dead to rights but couldn't catch it. Nonetheless, the Steelers are forced to punt.

5:11 p.m.: Le'Veon Bell cuts up the  Ravens defense for nine yards. Oooof. 

5:09 p.m.: Ravens attempt a field goal but Sam Koch, the holder, can't handle the high snap. Steelers get the ball back. Oooof.

5:07 p.m.: Joe Flacco sacked hard. Oooof.

5:05 p.m.: Ugh. So close. 

5:01 p.m.: The Ravens need to establish the run. They start the second quarter with a play-action bootleg to Darren Waller for a first down, then a short handoff to Kenneth Dixon followed by a 22-yard jet sweep to Michael Campanaro. That'll do.

FIRST QUARTER: Steelers 7, Ravens 3

4:56 p.m.: Antonio Brown's big play called back beacuse he's a cheater. (OK, well, it was called back because of pass interference, but you get the idea)

4:54 p.m.: Our CSN Ravens crew enjoying Christmas in the CSN office.

4:53 p.m.: Remidner: We are here for #good #branding #content

4:47 p.m.: Ugh. Ravens' drive stalls and Justin Tucker drills a 41-yard field goal because he's the best kicker in the NFL.Steelers 7, Ravens 3.

4:43 p.m.: SMITTY! Steve Smith catches a pass from Flacco on the sidelines and takes off for a big gain. 44 yards. A late hit will add some bonus yards.

4:39 p.m.: Steelers strike first on a beautiful pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Xavier Grimble. Nine plays, 89 yards, five minutes. Bad guys lead 7-0.

4:35 p.m.: Le'Veon Bell brought his truck stick to the office.

4:31 p.m.: Justin Tucker desperately wanted to kick that 58-yard field goal, but John Harbaugh has other ideas. The Ravens first possession ends with a punt.

4:27 p.m.: Flacco finds former Steeler Mike Wallace over the middle for a big gain. A big day from Wallace would be a great stocking stuffer for Ravens fans.

4:24 p.m.: Steelers win the toss and defer. Joe Flacco and company will get the ball first.


3:55 p.m.: The Steelers are wearing black pants, which according to our Brent Harris, is a first for the historic franchise.

3:45 p.m.: Remember what happened the last time these two teams played? Not only did the Ravens win, but Steelers Chris Boswell had one of the worst kicking gaffes of the year

3:30 p.m.: Look who Clifton found! The NFL Network has the rights to today's game, which mean's former Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy is in the house.

3:25 p.m.: The Ravens will need to get their run game going, and as Brent Harris points out, a key inactive for the Steelers might make that task a bit easier for the Ravens.

3:15 p.m.: The official inactives list is here. Crockett Gillmore is good to go. We knew Jimmy Smith wasn't going to suit up, who else is joining him on the sidelines?

3:00 p.m.: Steve Smith Sr., the man of many costumes, is ready to roll with some Christmas cleats. He'll have to change them before the game or elase the NFL will find him because the NFL does not like freedom of expressions.

2:30 p.m.: Clifton dropped some serious knowledge on the game today and made his prediction. It's not a good one for Ravens fans.

2:10 p.m.: Be sure to follow our CSN Ravens Insiders Clifton Brown, Brent Harris and Bo Smolka. Clifton and Brent are in Pittsburgh today for the important game. Also, be sure to give our CSN Ravens account a follow. Its got dank memes and such.

2:00 p.m.: Welcome to the Week 16 Ravens vs. Steelers live blog. I am your host, Troy Machir. Be sure to follow me on Twitter. After all, it's Christmas. Do something nice and give me a follow. 

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Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson made Ravens quarterback change as low-drama as a move like that could be

Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson made Ravens quarterback change as low-drama as a move like that could be

Lamar Jackson has every reason to have a big ego.

In the past two years he's won a Heisman Trophy, was a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and just beat out a Super Bowl MVP in the middle of the season for the starting quarterback job.

Who wouldn't have a bit of extra confidence after all of that? 

On Wednesday, the 21-year-old took to the podium at the Under Armour Performance Center to answer questions as the Ravens' newest leader in 11 seasons. He was the exact opposite of cocky. 

 “It’s ‘our’ team – all of us together," Jackson said on if he's able to call the Ravens his team now. "It’s our team. I don’t go out there and block. I don’t go out there and catch the ball. I don’t make tackles. I just do my part. It’s all of our team.”

The response should be of no surprise. Since arriving in Baltimore and slowly earning his way to the starting job, Jackson has been appreciative as has let his performance on the field do all the talking. 

“I pretty much didn’t really have a reaction to when [coach Harbaugh] was telling me. All it made me do was … I know I have to focus on everything a lot more – just bettering myself and trying to join with everybody around me even more. That’s about it.”

Since filling in for an injured Joe Flacco, Jackson is 52 of 89 for 600 passing yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in addition to 67 rushing attempts for 336 yards and two touchdowns. He's also led the Ravens to a 3-1 record in those starts and back into playoff contention. 

The decision to switch starters mid-season could have led to an uncomfortable locker room. Each player who spoke on the matter gave off the vibe that it was no big deal.

And when Flacco spoke to the media on Wednesday for the first time in five weeks, the 33-year-old faced what every starting quarterback fears with nothing but kind words about Jackson. 

“I thought he’s done a great job," Flacco said on how Jackson is handling himself. "I’m really happy for what he’s been able to go out there and do. We’re winning football games. He and this team have put themselves, and ourselves, in position to go out there and do some big things for the rest of the year, and that’s definitely exciting.”

“Joe’s been handling it great," wide receiver John Brown added. "He’s been in Lamar’s corner. I’ve seen him the whole time. Every time he comes off the sideline, Joe is talking to him, telling him what he sees, trying to help him out. He’s been a great teammate.”

Jackson refraining from calling the Ravens "my team" is a rarity in a league where players are constantly trying to prove their authority, and even more so  for those with a title that only 32 guys hold. 

Possibly the class Flacco has had for 11 seasons as the leader of the Ravens has projected itself onto the rookie now in control. 

"Joe [Flacco] is still part of the team," Jackson said. "It’s his team still – just like it’s mine. It’s all of our team. We’re brothers. We’re here together, each and every day. We’ve been here since camp putting our life on the line. It’s still his team, man – nothing [has] changed.”


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Joe Flacco disappointed about losing starting job, but decision wasn't a surprise

Joe Flacco disappointed about losing starting job, but decision wasn't a surprise

It's been a lingering question around the Under Armour Performance Center over the last five weeks as rookie Lamar Jackson has filled in for an injured Joe Flacco.

At some point this season we knew that Flacco would be healthy enough to get back to football.

We also knew at some point this season the Ravens would have to make the tough decision on who their starting quarterback would be in the aftermath of Jackson leading the team to three straight wins.

That question was finally answered Wednesday when head coach John Harbaugh announced Jackson would be starting Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Flacco would be the backup for the first time in his 11 NFL seasons.

"Obviously disappointed that I can't be apart of this team in the same capacity that I have been for a long time," Flacco said Wednesday on learning the news.

"It's out of my hands. I got hurt. They drafted Lamar in the first round. At some point something was going to happen between the two of us. Who knows what that was going to be. This is just what it is at this point. I've obviously had five weeks to think about it and prepare myself for this situation and the possibility of it. I'm disappointed that, like I said, I can't be in that locker room in the same capacity that I've always been. But this is my situation right now and I'm going to do my best to handle it the right way."

The news, however, shouldn't come as a surprise to many.

In his first four games as the starter, Jackson is 52 of 89 for 600 passing yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in addition to 67 rushing attempts for 336 yards and two touchdowns. His 30 rushing first downs ranks second among NFL QBs behind Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (33), and his 475 rushing yards in 2018 ranks second behind Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen (490).

Prior to suffering the hip injury in their Week 9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Flacco was 232 of 379 for 2,465 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. The Ravens had lost their last two games under him and it looked like another playoff-less season could be on the horizon for the fourth year in a row.  

When the weeks continued to pass without Flacco and the Ravens record continued to improve with Jackson, the writing to many was already on the wall. 

"It's part of the game," Flacco said on losing the starting job after his injury. "I've talked about it plenty of times. Every time you take the field, there's obviously the risk of something like that happening and it just is what it is."

"I can't say I was surprised. The bigger thing is just even though I'm disappointed, like I said about I guess my different role and all that, is just trying to stay excited about what my role is and the possibilities that they bring."

The leader of this team for 11 years, Flacco had missed just six games and started in his last 41 appearances before Week 10. While Flacco is admittedly not a sentimental guy and many have criticized him for his lack of emotion over the years, standing on the sideline the last four weeks has not been easy.

"It was really tough for me," Flacco said. "It wasn't even about the possibilities of something like this happening, you know, as a starting quarterback — which I've been for a long time for this team— you play through things throughout a course of a 10-year career. I definitely wanted to get out there and be there for my guys that next week, and it's definitely one of the hardest things I've done in my career is standing on the sidelines, being inactive and not being apart of it the way you want to." 

There was no denying the resurgence the Ravens experienced under Jackson. His 336 rushing yards in his first four starts is the most by a quarterback in the Super Bowl Era and his running back-like speed continues to be tough for defenses to stop.

What Jackson offers in speed Flacco can compliment in the passing game. Ever since the first-round pick rushed for 119 yards in his first start against the Cincinnati Bengals, the narrative has been that Jackson will never be able to sustain that in the NFL. Now with two quarterbacks to use at their discretion, the Ravens' last three games could get very interesting even though Harbaugh would not divulge how much the team would utilize the Super Bowl MVP in Sunday's game. 

"Anything can happen in this league very quickly and were right in the middle of a really good playoff run and we have a lot of important games ahead of us," Flacco said. "I'd firstly be doing my team a big disservice by not preparing the same way I always do, and after that I would be doing myself a big disservice, too, because you never know what's going to happen and when you're going to have to be called on."