The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers rekindle their rivalry on Sunday in a pvotal Week 9 showdown.
Despite losing four straight games, the Ravens (3-4) have a chance to move into a tie for first-place in the AFC North with a win over the heated rivals.
The Steelers (4-3), enter the game having lost two straight, but hope the bey week gave quarterback Ben Roethlisberger enough time to heal his knee injury. The Ravens enter Sunday's game with a three-game win streak over the Steelers, and have won three straight against their rivals at home in Baltimore, Md.
Steelers vs. Ravens Week 9 Live Updates:
4:20 p.m.: Worst onside kick ever? Worst onside kick ever.
4:15 p.m.: Big Ben is making things interesting. With the Ravens doubling on Anotnio Brown and Jesse James, Roethlisberger scampers for a red zone touchdown. It's now 21-14 Ravens with 48 seconds left.
4:01 p.m.: Roethlisberger slings the ball down the field, looking for the TD on fourth down. The pass falls incomplete and the Ravens take over with 3:08 to go. It "looks" like the Ravens will win this one. But you never know.
3:49 p.m.: The Ravens' backfield hasn't beren great, but they've eaten up clock and given the Ravens the balance they need to make their passing game effective.
3:41 p.m.: Roethlisberger sure is good at extending plays/ He finds Antonio Brown 23 yards down field in the end zone, and the Steelers finally get on the board. 21-7, Ravens.
3:36 p.m.: The Ravens go for two and Steve Smith hauls it in. 21-0 good guys.
3:34 p.m.: BLOCKED PUNT TOUCHDOWN! Chris Moore scoops a Buck Allen blocked punt and takes it to the house. Ravens lead 19-0.
3:17 p.m.: Justin Tucker has yet to miss a field goal this season. The Ravens now lead 13-0. Tucker is a perfect 18-for-18 this season. He has more makes from 40+ (11) than he does extra point makes (9).
3:09 p.m.: Timmy Jernigan snags a tipped pass and Ben Roethlisberger is picked off. The Steelers have ended their drives today with one of the following three things: A) Punt, B) Half or C) Turnover.
3:00 p.m.: It looks like Flacco broke his knee brace, which is only slightly better than breaking his knee. But man, Flacco needs some work in his sliding technique.
2:57 p.m.: Joe Flacco attempts to slide after a seven-ayrd scamper, and digs his leg into the turf. Oh man. That looked baaaaaaad.
2:35 p.m.: The Steelers rack up two mor penalties before the end of the half and Justin Tucker connects on a 49-yard FG as time expires because Justin Tucker doesn't miss. Ravens lead 10-0 at the half.
2:21 p.m.: We have an Antonio Brown sighting. His first catch comes with under 3:00 left in the second half. That seems less than ideal.
2:15 p.m.: Darius Heyward-Bey is out for the rest of the game and Mike Wallace is being looked at on the sidelines.
2:07 p.m.: The Ravens are shooting themselves in the feet, but the Steelers are self-destructing. After a roughing the kicker penalty, the Ravens get the ball back. The Steelers have 51 total yards of offense and 65 yards wortyh of penalties.
1:50 p.m.: Former Maryland WR Darius Heyward-Bey, is down on teh field after trying to haul in a deep pass from Roethlisberger. That does not look good.
1:43 p.m.: Steelers are driving, but Roethlisberger doesn't look to be 100 percent and the offense isn't clicking.
1:38 p.m.: Mike Wallace to the house! The former Steeler takes a slant route 95 yards for the first score of the game.
1:26 p.m.: New week, same Ravens team. Another costly penalty sets up a third-and-long, and Joe Flacco throws a costly interception. Artie Burns there to pick him off.
1:22 p.m.: Devin Hester hasn't been great this season, but he contionues to pile up the yardage. He's now in the Top 3 for all-time punt return yards.
Devin Hester Sr. (3,603) has passed Darrien Gordon (3,601) for the 3rd most punt return yards in NFL history. #Ravens— Patrick Gleason (@PMGleason) November 6, 2016
1:19 p.m.: STEVE SMITH SR. BACK!
1:15 p.m.: The Ravens drive stalls after two missed passes and a penalty, which sound slike each of the Ravens' four previous games in a nutshell. Also, we have our first injury update of the game.
1:12 p.m.: Ravens are feeding the tailbacks. Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon are running right up the middle for some good yardage. The Ravens have already eclipsed their game total agains the Jets.
1:09 p.m.: Steelers first possession ends three and out. Berry shanks the punt and Devin Hester doesn't even field it. The Ravens come out running the ball, as they've done in the previous few games. The question is: Will they keep it up throughout the game?
1:05 p.m.: It's go-time. The Ravens will kickoff. The game startds with Ben Roethlisberger under center.
12:50 p.m.: It wouldn't be an NFL game without ridiculous pregame cleats. Here are Antonion Brown's entry. #MajorKey #BlessUp #WeDaBest.
12:20 p.m.: OK, this is much better. Today is the #SaluteToService Game. This is a great photo.
12:15 p.m.: What you do at your tailgate is none of my concern. But well ... maybe let's not burn Terrible Towels. There's a lot of stuff you can do to make the Terrible Towel look bad that doesn't require lighting it on fire.
12:05 p.m.: The Ravens are 8-9 against the Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger as the starting QB. That doesn't bode well for the Ravens, despite having won three straight against the Steelers.
11:30 a.m: The inactive list is out. Ben Roethlisberger will start for the Steelers. Steve Smith is Sr. is ready to go for the Ravens.
11:15 a.m.: Ben Roethlisberger is getting warmed up in the tunnel. Will he play? It looks like it will be a gametime decision. Even Landry Jones doens't know what the plan is.
Ben Roethlisberger is going to warm up inside the stadium with a rugby ball and QBs coach Randy Fichtner. pic.twitter.com/Oijol3jD5H— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) November 6, 2016
11:05 a.m.: Good news, everyone! Steve Smith Jr. is on the field and will play today!
Steve Smith Sr out for early warmups and WILL play today! pic.twitter.com/Y8lMgZcoY4— Brent Harris (@BrentHarrisTV) November 6, 2016
10:55 a.m.: Welcome to CSN Mid-Atlantic's live blog for Week 9 Ravens vs. Steelers. I am your esteemed host Troy Machir. You'll want to follow me on Twitter, so you can criticize me for my #bias analysis and bad sports takes. Be sure to follow Clifton Brown, Bo Smolka and Brent Harris, who are anchoring our coverage at M&T Bank Stadium today.