Brutally awful game, terrible. (Via Hollywood Wags)
Ok... I tried. No way I can go through another half of this mess. G'nite kids. (Via Rob)
Godspeed all. I don't blame you one bit. At least last year's Dolphins-Steelers game had balls getting stuck in the turf like lawn darts. This is just dreadful. How about we just cut this one off at the end of the third?
10:32- Tony calls the Steelers overrated and I haven't agreed with him more. They will now proceed to put up 40 points this half.
"I don't know if I can say this on TV, but his guys were pissed off."- Suzy Kolber
Ooooooh! Controversial. Ray Lewis blasts Mendenhall and the rookie comes out of the game hurt. Roethlisberger to Miller and Johnson and Lewis nail him but he hangs on. The Ravens smell blood. 3rd and a yard and the Steelers are in a shotgun formation....
Short! Fumble, and it goes out of bounds. Steelers punt and Figurs runs around in circles and Tomlin is going crazy for a roughing the punter penalty. He's not getting one.
"Berger FLOPPED"...when did this become Futbol... (Via Ondanuts)
It's about as exciting as a soccer match at this point. Ravens ball near their own 30. And now Jaws is giving out grades....
"Give me a first half grade for Flacco."- Mike Tirico
Flacco runs from one side of the field to the other and then somehow finds Mason. That was a dumb play, but everything is going right for the Ravens.
"That particular play. He kept that alive so long, Usain Bolt could have won the 200 and taken a victory lap."- Tony Kornheiser
When were the Olympics again? Like two months ago??? Mendenhall is being carted off and the Ravens punt.
MVP tonight: the Medical Cart Driver (Via KR)
So wrong....but so true.
10:44- Steelers ball at their own seven...AND HEY....a completion!!! Ward for eight yards. Carey Davis ironically also from Illinois is now your running back and picks up a first down.
The Steelers are still trying to establish the run and it just ain't working. More boos from the crowd. False start.....BOOOOOOOOOOOO! 3rd and 16....Roethlisberger is blitzed again, he avoids it, but Holmes drops it near the marker. Another punt and more flags.
Ravens go three and out and punt. I have to admit I watched none of that drive.
"Remember that play by Roethlisberger in the first half?"- Mike Tirico
No Mike....no I don't. The Ravens defense commits a dumb penalty after a lame reverse to Nate Washington and the Steelers are in business. They're still trying to run the ball though but are now in the no huddle. Roethlisberger sneaks on 2nd down and......
HOLY SHIT! The Steelers score a touchdown for the first time in eight quarters! It twas a lucky one, but one none-the-less....
13-10 Ravens and here comes Pittsburgh!
Excitement? is that you my love? (Ondanuts)
Good Lord, this game is getting close and it's going to go to 2AM. (Hollywood Wags)
11:02- Ravens ball on their own 29....
SACK! FUMBLE! TOUCHDOWN STEELERS!!!!
Now we're talking! Woodley picks it up after a Harrison's huge hit on Flacco and the Steelers are somehow winning this game 17-13.
Pretty sure Flacco doesn't even want to go back out there at this point. Ravens ball at their own 26....The Ravens smartly run the ball to settle the crowd a bit on first down, but Baltimore has to call a timeout and they're right back in it.
Flacco hit again and it's almost picked off. 3rd and 6....and it's loud at Heinz....
SACK! FUMBLE! The Ravens recover this time. Unbelievable surge from the Steelers D and you have to wonder where this was all game. Ravens punt and Koch booms another one. Steelers ball at their own 39 yard line....
Ben to Nate Washington on the slant...first down. Davis on the carry for three and the Steelers are still in the no-huddle. Ray Lewis drops Davis on second down and Pittsburgh reverts right back to their old boring offense. Incomplete on third and the Steelers will punt it back. Inside the eight and it's going to be even louder for Flacco this drive.
END OF THE THIRD! Thank god. 17-13 Pittsburgh after three.
What I like about Joe Flacco is his poise in the pocket...No, sorry that was flustered, cuz now they are behind. When they get ahead, he'll have poise again, and I will like it. (Via Wags)
3rd and two and Larry Foote bats it down. Another Ravens punt and I think Koch is the front runner for Pro Bowl punter after this performance. Seven punts for an average of just under 48 yards per. Ravens punting excitement is fantastic!!!
"All this game needs in snow"- Tony Kornheiser (Via Mark)
That's a scary thought. Roethlisberger avoids a sack and then hits a wide open Hines Ward down the field for a 31 yard gain. Mike Tirico actually said it was Washington and apologizes for messing that up. Thanks Mike...that's nice of you.
11:29- I cannot believe that the fourth quarter just started. Davis takes it inside the ten and Ray Lewis yells at him. Big Ben throws the ball away on second down but there's a penalty on the Ravens. Holding and a first down. Terrible penalty as the Ravens needed to hold Pittsburgh to a FG here to have any chance.
First Favre reference by Tony!! I'm amazed it took so long! (Via Jay)
Me too. Another throw away from Roeth and a run by Davis makes it 3rd and Goal from the one....nothing....Ray Lewis takes down Mewelde Moore short of the one. FG attempt....
Good....Steelers up seven....20-13 with 9 minutes to go.
B'more ball at the 24....nowhere on first but a catch by Mason for a first down up to the 41. Back to McClain and he picks up a first down across midfield. Here come the Ravens! Annnnnnd back to Mason for yet another first. Annnnnd back to McClain for two yards.
"You know who's rooting for a tying touchdown and a long overtime?"- Mike Tirico
"Uhh, Tony Kornheiser???"- Ron Jaworski
Hahahaha. Winner! Flacco is sacked for the fourth time tonight....3rd and 12 and....MASON CATCHES IT! He spins out of a tackle and takes it all the way down to the five! 1st and goal....
McClain to the two....and.....
TOUCHDOWN RAVENS. McClain just blasts through Timmons for six...and we're tied....20-20.
If this game goes to overtime....I'm ending it all.
11:47- Pittsburgh is trying to make sure every running back in the state of PA is hurt by the end of the game by rushing Moore a few times in a row. 3rd and short...
First down on the out to Moore and he's up near midfield. Two minute warning....thank god. 2nd and 5 for the Steelers from their own 47. Moore leaps for a fade down the sideline and for some reason I don't trust a kicker who I've seen almost nude on the Internet. 3rd down and 5.....
Incomplete. This is so going to overtime. Ravens ball at the 13....
Tony Kornheiser still makes me want to throw my tv out the window. Then walk down and hit it with a sledgehammer. And burn it. (Via Alex)
The Ravens are running out the clock and now McClain is hurt. That's the Ravens last timeout and we're going to overtime....fuck me. Wow....McGahee's eye is f'ed up.
That's the end of regulation....20-20.
"Here's the big play of the game....the coin flip."- Tony Kornheiser
PUT FIFTEEN MORE MINUTES ON THE CLOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wait....there was an issue with the penalty and they put seven seconds back on the clock....pointless....Flacco kneels.....
PUT FIFTEEN MORE MINUTES ON THE CLOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!
12:02- B'More wins the toss and will receive, much to the chagrin of Jaws who was trying to rationalize differing. I'm betting on a James Harrison sack-fumble and a Jeff Reed kick for the win. Anyone else?
Figurs to the 50, buuuuuut it's coming back.
"Two more flags and we would have had an amusement park."- Ron Jaworski
Either I'm really tired, drunk, or both, but that was hilarious. McClain gets zippy on first down. Ravens pick up a blitz on second down, but do so with a chop block....personal foul and a replay of second down. 2nd and 17....McClain to the fifteen for seven and it'll be 3rd and 10....
BLITZ! SACK! Ravens will punt. Holmes grabs it on the sideline and gets smashed by Barnes. Great coverage there, but the Steelers still have it at their 43. Run for two. Roethlisberger hit on second down and his pass falls incomplete. 3rd and 8....
MEWELDE MOORE IS MY SAVIOR! He takes the dump off and makes four defenders miss and picks up 24 yards!!!
Moore goes nowhere on first down and shit.....
Moore falls down on second down and loses four yards. DAMN YOU! Ravens blitz everyone and Roethlisberger somehow gets the yardage back on a quick hitter to Moore....46 yarder....
GOOOOOOOOD!!! Reed just barely neaks it inside the left upright and that's it! Thanks to the champs that stuck out that retched game with me and I'll see you tomorrow morning.
FINAL: Steelers 23 - Ravens 20