Ravens Report

Ravens Gameday

December 15, 2008|By JAMISON HENSLEY

CONTROVERSIAL FINISH: It's debatable whether Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes' game-winning catch with 43 seconds left was a touchdown. An official first ruled that the ball didn't break the plane of the goal line, but referee Walt Coleman reversed the call after reviewing it on replay.

FOURTH-QUARTER FOLD: The Ravens' defense picked the worst time to have one of its worst series of the season. The game-winning drive went 92 yards, the longest any team has moved the ball against the Ravens this season. It was just the second offensive touchdown allowed by the Ravens in 18 quarters.

JOE FLACCO STRUGGLES: The rookie quarterback completed 11 of 28 passes for 115 yards and two interceptions. Flacco set season lows in passing yards (115), completion rate (39.3 percent) and passer rating (22.2).

SHUT OUT OF END ZONE: The Ravens managed three field goals by Matt Stover in three trips inside the Steelers' 20-yard line. It was the first time since Oct. 12 at Indianapolis that the Ravens failed to score a touchdown.

PLAYOFF WATCH: The Ravens (9-5) were eliminated from AFC North title contention. Based on the Ravens' record in the AFC (7-4), they hold a half-game lead over the Dolphins (6-4) and a one-game advantage over the Patriots (6-5) for the second and final wild-card spot.

THEY SAID IT: "I'm going to have a hard time sleeping with this one tonight. But I'll get over it in the morning and get ready for Dallas." - Terrell Suggs, defensive end-linebacker, on the Ravens' first home loss to Pittsburgh since 2002

COMING ATTRACTION: The Ravens travel to Dallas for the Cowboys' final game at Texas Stadium on Saturday.

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