Here are the Cover32/Ravens staff’s quick reactions to Sunday’s game:
Chris Brown, Managing Editor:
Well, it wasn’t Flacco’s fault in the end. I have plainly said that Jerraud Powers is a liability for months, and his weaknesses cost Baltimore a chance at the postseason. Pittsburgh targeted him at opportune times, including the game’s final play when his assignment was to switch and stop 84. He was late on the switch, whiffed on the play, and his teammates could not overcome although their effort was valiant. Had he been stopped, at worst, we’re looking at overtime; at best, we’re looking at the clock running out on the Steelers. It might not be of any consolation, but this Ravens team is a defensive star away (and a new offensive line coach) from being dominant in 2017.
Rich Hallstrom, Assistant Editor:
A Typical game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers comes right down to the end. A late touchdown by KYLE JUSZCZYK should’ve been the game-winner for Baltimore. The Ravens were in perfect position to get the victory but they didn’t take advantage of their opportunity to close out the game in the final minutes on defense. Pittsburgh should have never been in position for a comeback. You can’t win a rivalry game like this one without sacking the opposing quarterback.
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Chuck Mills, Features Editor:
The Ravens lost this game for two reasons. 1. They couldn’t capitalize on the plethora of opportunities that the Steelers gave them and 2. They didn’t have Jimmy Smith to cover Antonio Brown. Now all they can do is beat the Bengals to finish with some dignity.
Holt Smith, Writer/Intern:
Where did the defense go the last minute? There were plenty of opportunities to get players down in bounds and force steelers timeouts. The game was fantastic but I’m highly disappointed in the result, sort of reminds me of the 2014 divisional round against the patriots where the Ravens just couldn’t pull away. Jimmy Smith’s injury bug continues to hurt this team, now it’s time to look towards the draft and what this team will be like next year.