Steelers still alive after last-minute 16-13 win over Ravens

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kenny Pickett threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Najee Harris with 56 seconds left, giving the Pittsburgh Steelers a 16-13 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night and unlikely keeping their playoff hopes alive. for another week.

It was Baltimore’s first home touchdown in four games, and the Steelers (8-8) needed it to avoid elimination. Just like they needed Miami to lose to New England earlier in the day, which also happened.

Pittsburgh can now qualify for the playoffs by beating Cleveland next weekend – if Miami and New England both lose. A lot of things still have to go well, but a lot went well on Sunday.

Down 13-9, Pickett led the Steelers for 80 yards in 3:20 against their rivals with the season on the line. On the third-and-8 of 10, the rookie pulled away from the pressure and threw a pass perfect to Harris, who had slipped behind linebacker Roquan Smith along the left sideline.

The Ravens (10-6), preparing for the playoffs, now need Buffalo to beat Cincinnati on Monday to keep their hopes of winning AFC North alive.

Tyler Huntley threw a touchdown pass to Isaiah Likely late in the first half for the game’s only other touchdown.

The Steelers need help qualifying for the playoffs, but they have full control of another streak. They haven’t had a losing record since 2003 – and they never had one under coach Mike Tomlin, who is in his 16th season.

A penalty on Pittsburgh’s Cam Heyward led to the game’s first touchdown. With the score tied at 3 at the end of the second quarter, the Steelers stopped Baltimore on third down, but Heyward was called for unnecessary roughness while atop the pile. Instead of settling for a field goal, the Ravens had another set of downs at the Pittsburgh 7 with 11 seconds left.

On the next play, Huntley threw to his left to Likely on the goal line to put Baltimore up seven.

The Ravens are 2-2 without quarterback Lamar Jackson, who was again sidelined with a knee injury. The passing game looked sharper on Sunday than some of Huntley’s previous moves, but it was intercepted late in the game after the Steelers took the lead.

Harris rushed for 111 yards for Pittsburgh. JK Dobbins ran for 93 yards for Baltimore.


Steelers LB Myles Jack left with a groin injury. … Pittsburgh CB James Pierre, who is a cousin of Jackson, suffered a concussion. … Baltimore WR Andy Isabella injured his thigh and T Morgan Moses injured his biceps.


Steelers: will host Cleveland next Sunday.

Ravens: At Cincinnati next Sunday.


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