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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)

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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.

RAVENS VS. STEELERS LIVE UPDATES:

FOURTH QUARTER:

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.

6:05 p.m.: SMITTY TOUCHDOWN. MERRY CHRISTMAS, Y'ALL.

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.

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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.

PREGAME:

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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Ravens are releasing safety Tony Jefferson after three seasons in Baltimore

Ravens are releasing safety Tony Jefferson after three seasons in Baltimore

The Ravens are releasing safety Tony Jefferson after he spent three years in Baltimore, the team confirmed Friday.

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was first with the news.

“This is the worst part of this business,” general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement released by the team. “Tony is the consummate teammate and someone who is respected by everyone for his leadership, determination, humility and toughness. He’s a friend to all and a true Raven.

"We know he’s going to beat this injury, and we will be cheering for him all along the way. We wish the very best to Tony and his family.”

 

 

The safety suffered a knee injury against the Steelers in Week 5 and was out for the remainder of the season. He was replaced by Chuck Clark, who shined in his new role and received a three-year contract extension on Monday as a result. 

The Ravens will save $7 million by releasing the 28-year-old safety. He originally had a cap hit of $11.65 million for the 2020 season and will have a dead cap hit of $4.65 million. 

Jefferson started each of the 35 games he played in Baltimore and registered a total of 174 tackles and two interceptions across his three seasons. He played nearly every defensive snap before his injury, only coming off the field during the blowout over the Dolphins in Week 1. 

He spent the first four seasons of his career in Arizona before he left for Baltimore and a four-year, 34 million dollar contract. 

According to overthecap.com, the Ravens will be left with a touch over $31 million in cap space after Jefferson’s release. In an offseason with Matthew Judon as a free agent, Jefferson’s release gives them a little bit more flexibility with their offseason plans. 

The Ravens now have Earl Thomas and Clark as the team’s two top safeties, but there are still questions that persist for the depth at that position with Jordan Richards, who recently signed a one-year contract extension, and DeShon Elliott as the team’s backups currently under contract. Brandon Carr, who played safety down the stretch for the team, has a team option for 2020. 

While the safety position certainly isn’t a need for the Ravens at this juncture, there will almost assuredly need to be some younger talent added to the position. 

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Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst suspended for violating NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy

Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst suspended for violating NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy

The Ravens will be without one of their backup offensive linemen to start the 2020 season, as James Hurst was suspended by the NFL for four games without pay after he violated the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Hurst made two starts and appeared in all 16 games for the Ravens last season. He played a total of 194 offensive snaps as a utility offensive lineman, predominantly used as a swing tackle and offensive guard.

Hurst, 28, who signed a four-year contract extension with the Ravens in 2018, is owed $8 million in base salary over the next two seasons, both of which carry a cap hit of $5.25 million.

He also has a dead cap hit of $2.5 million in 2020 and 1.25 in 2021, should the team decide to move on from the former North Carolina Tar Heel. The team would save 2.75 million dollars in 2020 should they release him.

Hurst has played 90 total games in his career in six years in the NFL, all of which were with the Ravens. 

The offensive line is slowly becoming more of a need for the Ravens with Hurst’s suspension. That’s in addition to Matt Skura’s recovery from a knee injury and the potential of Marshal Yanda’s retirement.

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