Ravens Savoring Big Win In Heinz Field
Ravens coach John Harbaugh acknowledges that Heinz Field is a tough place to play.
So, when Justin Tucker converted a 46-yard field goal to seal a 26-23 overtime victory over Steelers, Harbaugh could not hide his jubilation.
The win also propelled the Ravens into first place in the AFC North after the Cleveland Browns were dismantled 31-3 by the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.
"We’re happy about the victory, and anytime you go into Heinz Field against the Steelers and get a win, especially in this rivalry, that’s a great accomplishment," Harbaugh said. "We feel really good about that. We’re going to take the pluses and the not pluses and go to work on those things and try to continue to improve and become a better football team in every single area. That’s what we’ll do."
The Ravens overcame some struggles to escape with a win.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson had the worst regular-season game of his young career. He completed just 19 of 28 passes for 161 yards with three interceptions (54.9 rating). Jackson was also sacked five times.
The defense had trouble getting off the field at times and committed several costly penalties that extended drives.
Nonetheless, the Ravens showed enough resiliency in the win.
Cornerback Marlon Humphrey forced a fumble on a reception by Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster on the second possession of overtime. That set up Tucker’s game-winning kick on the ensuing drive.
Traditionally, one key play has separated these teams. It was the 18th time a game between the teams under Harbaugh and Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin was decided by one score, according to ESPN.
“What an awesome play,” Harbaugh said. “You make plays like that in a rivalry like this, in a game that means so much early in the season, that’s what big-time players do. Big-time players make big-time plays in big games. That’s what Marlon Humphrey just did.”
The Ravens also beat the Steelers at Heinz Field in 2018. The teams meet again in the regular-season finale Dec. 29 at M&T Bank Stadium.
The players expect another heated matchup.
“We hate each other. I know for sure we hate them. We hate them,” Ravens linebacker Pernell McPhee said in the day leading up to the Week 5 game. “We respect them as men, but we really hate him.