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NFL Week 18 Game Recap: Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Baltimore Ravens 13

Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws from the pocket during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

In a game that was thought to have little meaning at kickoff, the Pittsburgh Steelers kept their playoff hopes alive with a 16-13 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens.

With the Indianapolis Colts‘ stunning loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Steelers' win keeps them alive pending the result of Sunday Night Football. The Steelers will make the playoffs if the RaidersChargers game does not end in a tie.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

Quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger didn't change much about his game in Week 18, as he continued to get the ball out quickly and target the short areas of the field.

However, he did lead the team on two late-game drives — one late fourth-quarter touchdown drive and the game-winning field-goal drive in overtime — to virtually secure the playoff berth.

Ben Roethlisberger by Target Depth

Target Depth Completions Attempts Yards TD:INT
Behind LOS 4 4 17 0:0
0-9 Yards 21 26 142 1:0
10-19 Yards 5 11 85 0:0
20+ Yards 0 3 0 0:1
Running Backs

Benny Snell Jr. was given one more carry than Najee Harris, but neither back found much success. Snell went for 22 yards on 12 carries, with 17 yards after contact and two forced missed tackles. Harris carried the ball 11 times for 28 yards, with 31 yards coming after contact.

Receivers

Diontae Johnson saw 10 targets and came down with seven catches for 51 yards. Tight end Pat Freiermuth and wideout Ray-Ray McCloud III each saw nine targets, with Freiermuth catching six balls for 53 yards and McCloud hauling in four for 37 yards.

Offensive Line

The Steelers' offensive line gave up five total pressures and no sacks on first review. Trai Turner was the only player to give up multiple pressures, with two.

Defensive Line

T.J. Watt tied Michael Strahan’s NFL single-season sack record with his lone sack of the game, but he also generated nine total pressures to lead the team.

Cameron Heyward tallied four pressures and a sack, while Alex Highsmith was charted with three pressures and a sack.

Linebackers

No linebacker gave up more than one catch. Devin Bush allowed an 11-yard catch for a touchdown but denied the other two targets sent his way.

Secondary

Cam Sutton picked off Tyler Huntley and allowed only 10 yards on six targets.

Terrell Edmunds claimed the other Huntley interception and gave up three catches on five targets for 31 yards, one of which went for a touchdown.

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Baltimore Ravens

Quarterback

Huntley threw for 146 yards and added 65 on the ground. In total, 27 of his 65 rushing yards came after contact, and six runs gained first-down yardage, but he did fumble once.

Running Backs

Latavius Murray broke off a huge touchdown run and finished with 150 yards on just 16 carries. He forced seven missed tackles and gained 125 yards after contact.

Receivers

Tight end Mark Andrews led the team in targets with 15, and he recorded eight catches for 85 yards.

No wide receiver surpassed the 1.00 yards per route run mark, with Marquise Brown’s 0.69 standing as the high watermark.

Offensive Line

Tackle David Sharpe replaced Patrick Mekari and allowed two pressures on just eight pass-protection snaps. Kevin Zeitler and Ben Cleveland were spotless, with neither allowing pressure.

Defensive Line

The line barely troubled Ben Roethlisberger, as only three players managed a single QB pressure.

Linebackers

Chris Board pressured the quarterback three times and allowed just one first down in pass coverage. Patrick Queen was the most targeted linebacker, as he saw three targets in his coverage and allowed three catches for 22 yards and two first downs.

Secondary

Jimmy Smith was targeted five times in coverage and gave up five catches for 32 yards. Kevon Seymour was targeted six times, giving up five catches for just 16 yards.

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