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Steelers 31, Ravens 18

October 28, 2002

Ravens rushing vs. Steelers run defense -- STEELERS -- The Ravens' biggest offensive strength was negated by the Steelers' quick 21-0 lead. With the Ravens forced into a passing mode, running back Jamal Lewis had only five carries in the second half. He finished with a season-low 34 yards on 13 attempts (2.6-yard average) and didn't break a run over 6 yards. The Ravens have lost every game this season when Lewis produces 75 or fewer yards rushing.

Ravens passing vs. Steelers pass defense -- STEELERS -- Jeff Blake did an admirable job filling in for injured starter Chris Redman on one day's notice. The 11-year veteran passed for 298 yards to rally the Ravens late but threw two interceptions in the final 3:21 to end any chances of a comeback. Blake's first of three interceptions was converted into a field goal midway through the third quarter and hurt the Ravens' momentum. Receiver Travis Taylor (seven catches) and tight end Todd Heap (six) recorded career highs. The Ravens are 1-4 when they attempt 50 or more passes.

Steelers rushing vs. Ravens run defense -- STEELERS -- The Ravens surrendered 110 yards on the ground, including runs of 35, 20 and 16 yards. They hurt themselves with missed tackles and wrong pursuit angles. Amos Zereoue scored the game's first touchdown -- a 35-yarder -- and wasn't touched until the 2-yard line. Backup fullback Veron Haynes delivered a 20-yard dash on third-and-two in the second quarter.

Steelers passing vs. Ravens pass defense -- STEELERS -- The Ravens made Pittsburgh quarterback Tommy Maddox look like Brett Favre. Maddox connected on his first 11 throws and registered a jaw-dropping 104.9 quarterback rating. Plaxico Burress had his usual big game against the Ravens, making five receptions for 55 yards and two touchdowns despite decent coverage by Chris McAlister. The Steelers' other receiver, Hines Ward, was wide-open several times and had eight catches for 97 yards.

Special teams -- STEELERS -- The Ravens' poor special teams caused the deficit to go from 14-0 to 28-3. With the Ravens trailing by two touchdowns, kickoff returner Robert Tate's second fumble led to a Steelers touchdown. After a Ravens field goal, kicker Matt Stover made a touchdown-saving tackle at midfield on the ensuing kickoff. It was all for naught as Pittsburgh used the short field to score its fourth touchdown of the first half.

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