November 7, 2011
Every Second Counts: Week 9
Last night, there was one game that stood out among the pack. The Baltimore Ravens at the Pittsburgh Steelers game was something beyond amazing. This game to showed me how defenses play at the best of their abilities as well as how tough the AFC is this year. Even though I am huge Patriots fan, we lost to a team that we should have won against not only this week but as well as in the 2007 Superbowl. Moving forward, I believe the Pats will definitely need to step their game up into high gear especially if they want to be in contention for even making the Superbowl this year. Two teams will be standing in the way this year for the Patriots especially which were the two that battled it out last night.
The Ravens and the Steelers have faced each other often and a rivalry has been built among these games. They are some of the most anticipated games to watch each year. In Week 1 as both these teams meet at the Ravens’ Stadium, the Steelers did not appear to be ready to handle the Ravens. The Ravens defense were able to keep Big Ben and the offense to mere sheep that were being bullied by a pack of wolves. Big Ben ended that game with 280 yards, 1 TD, and 3 interceptions. That touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders was there only score of that game. On the other hand, Ray Rice played a huge part against the Steelers as he was able to run through the defense for a total of 107 rushing yards and 1 touchdown and caught 4 balls for 42 catching yards and 1 touchdown. This time when they met at the Steelers’ Stadium, it was a different game.
Both the Steelers and the Ravens have made there statement as they were arriving to this game. Both teams performed and excelled on both sides of the field against 7 other opponents and were comfortable with their abilities. This game was fun to watch. The first half was a dominant defensive of game restricting each other to only scoring from field goals. There could have been a 76 yard run by Ray Rice for a touchdown in the very first play had it not been for a holding in the back by Torrey Smith.
In the beginning of the second half, the offenses began to come alive. Ray Rice was able to run in for the first touchdown of the game in the 3rd quarter. The Steelers returned with a 1 yard run from Rashard Mendenhall and then a 25 yard pass to Mike Wallace to steal the lead for the first time against the Ravens 20-16. In the last drive, Joe Flacco and crew managed to pull a 92 yard drive and within the :08 seconds, Torrey Smith was able to pull the Game-Winning Touchdown after missing on several key plays to end the game earlier. This game was where every second counts especially since they were able to finish off the Steelers and swept them in the season for the first time since 2006.
Right now, these are the top two teams that are going to be strong contenders for the AFC. What do you think of the Ravens and the Steelers game? Now that half of the games are through, who do you believe will be in the Superbowl and did your superbowl picks change from before the season started? Let me know by commenting below.