PITTSBURGH – Joe Flacco threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns, including one after a Terrell Suggs interception in the fourth quarter, and the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 in their AFC wild-card game Saturday night.
The Ravens ended a three-game losing streak in the postseason to their bitter AFC North rivals.
In the third quarter, Flacco bought himself time in the pocket and barely eluded Steelers linebacker James Harrison before firing an 11-yard TD strike to Torrey Smith in the back left corner of the end zone with 4:13 left in the third.
In the fourth, Suggs' interception of Ben Roethlisberger gave the Ravens the ball back at the Pittsburgh 21-yard line. Flacco immediately threw a touchdown pass to Crockett Gillmore.
Clinging to a 10-9 lead at the half, Baltimore, helped by a pass interference call against Pittsburgh cornerback Antwon Blake, extended its lead on Tucker's 45-yard field goal with 10:06 left in the third.
The Steelers, meanwhile, were not clicking.
Playing without injured Pro Bowl running back Le'Veon Bell, the Steelers couldn't establish anything on the ground and Roethlisberger was forced to throw more than normal. The third quarter ended with Roethlisberger being sacked for a 12-yard loss by Elvis Dumervil — a play that summed up Pittsburgh's frustration.