What a way to go out.
Pittsburgh deserved this old-school win led by defense and timely passing. The Steelers held the ball for 34:21. They trailed 13-3 at halftime and scored the final 10 points in the last eight minutes.
Safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Antonio Brown were back on the field for Pittsburgh. Linebacker James Harrison, who's beginning to look his old self again, made perhaps the biggest play of the game with a sack-fumble in the fourth quarter. The Ravens' offense had a chance to put the game away then, but they couldn't protect Joe Flacco. The Pittsburgh pass rush was back. The secondary gave up just 5.5 yards per attempt to Flacco.
This was a season-altering win for the Steelers. They probably won't win the AFC North this season, but this is the type of performance that can ignite a late-season run. They showed they can win on the road, even with their third-string quarterback at the helm.
Don't be surprised if Pittsburgh winds up back in Baltimore in January.