Steelers Secure Playoff Hopes with Win Over Ravens in Season Finale
The Pittsburgh Steelers emerged victorious with a 17-10 win over the Baltimore Ravens in their regular-season finale, keeping their playoff dreams alive. While the Ravens’ NFL-best six-game winning streak came to an end, they had already secured the AFC North championship and the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
With the top seed and playoff implications already determined, the Ravens opted to rest key starters, including Lamar Jackson, Odell Beckham Jr., Zay Flowers, Kevin Zeitler, Roquan Smith, Kyle Hamilton, and Marlon Humphrey. In contrast, the Steelers needed a win to stay in the postseason race, with their fate hinging on the outcomes of Sunday’s games involving the Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, and Buffalo Bills.
A crucial moment in the game was marred by concern for the Steelers as T.J. Watt, their star pass rusher and Defensive Player of the Year candidate, appeared to suffer a left knee injury in the third quarter. Watt’s health became a significant factor as the Steelers await updates on his status, having played a pivotal role throughout the season.
Despite challenging weather conditions, quarterback Mason Rudolph led the Steelers to victory, connecting with Diontae Johnson on a 71-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Running back Najee Harris played a crucial role, accumulating 112 rushing yards and contributing to the team’s offensive success.
While both teams faced difficulties securing possession in the wet conditions, the Steelers managed to limit mistakes and fumbles. The Ravens, led by backup quarterback Tyler Huntley, struggled offensively, emphasizing the importance of Lamar Jackson’s presence.
With this win, the Steelers await the outcome of Sunday’s games to determine their playoff fate. Five playoff scenarios are still in play, and Pittsburgh will be closely monitoring other matchups to see if their postseason aspirations become a reality.