A coach on the field during a kick return, two touchdowns erased by replay and an inexplicable botched field-goal attempt were among the highlights and lowlights in Baltimore's 22-20 Thanksgiving victory.
Justin Tucker kicked five field goals, and Baltimore snuffed a conversion pass with 1:03 left to avenge last month's loss to their division rivals.
"Ben gave me a good ball," Sanders said. "It hit my hands, and I've got to make the play. It's not on him. It's on me."
The ensuing onside kick didn't travel the required 10 yards, and that left Baltimore to merely run out the clock to end Pittsburgh's three-game winning streak.
"We're in control of our destiny," Harbaugh said. "I feel like we're a really good football team; we need to go out and prove it."
It was the fifth straight game between the teams decided by three points or fewer.
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Pittsburgh appeared to score twice in the closing minutes, but on each occasion the touchdown was overturned by a replay. On the first one, tight end Heath Miller was ruled down inside the 1. On the second, running back Le'Veon Bell lost his helmet on a crushing tackle by Jimmy Smith and the ball was ruled dead just short of the goal line.
The game was delayed while Bell and Smith lay on the ground. Two plays later, Roethlisberger hit a wide-open Cotchery on fourth down.
"There were so many opportunities for us to go out there and get points and win, just big, and put the game away and we didn't do it," Flacco said. "In the back of your mind you're thinking, 'Man, this is going to catch up to us.'"
Roethlisberger was 28 for 44 for 257 yards and two TDs.
Baltimore didn't get a sack and didn't force a turnover, but played well enough to bottle up Roethlisberger and the Steelers for the majority of the game.
Tucker answered with a field goal, but Roethlisberger mounted a 79-yard drive to set the stage for the hectic finish.
The Ravens opened the second half with a 52-yard drive that ended in a field goal for a 13-0 lead. Smith caught two passes on third down to keep the drive alive.
Pittsburgh answered with an 80-yard march that began with a 21-yard completion from Roethlisberger to Miller, and included a 43-yard run by Bell to the Baltimore 8. On third down, Sanders got free in the end zone for an 8-yard score -- only the fourth touchdown allowed by the Ravens in six home games.
"I always watch the returns on the Jumbotron. It provides a better perspective for me," Tomlin said. "I lost my placement as he broke free and saw at the last second how close I was to the field of play."
Jones said: "I don't blame other people's actions. I still should have scored."
After a Pittsburgh punt, Flacco escaped pressure to complete a 34-yard pass to Jones, and Tucker put the Ravens up by 12 with 13:59 remaining.
That would be Baltimore's final score, and it proved to be just enough for a much-needed victory.
"Our timing was really off," Suisham said.
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