Ravens roll over Steelers, tighten grip on AFC North

Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:09am EST
 
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(Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens took advantage of a Pittsburgh offense lacking the potency of Ben Roethlisberger to grind out a 13-10 win over the Steelers on Sunday, tightening their grip on the AFC North.

The Ravens did not enjoy a spectacularly offensive night themselves but with Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger nursing a sprained shoulder and injured ribs, they did not need one.

The critical road victory put the Ravens (8-2) two games ahead of Pittsburgh (6-4).

"The game isn't the same (without Ben), it's bittersweet," Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs told reporters of the rivalry between the division rivals.

"I'm glad we won but I wish we would've won with him playing. Hopefully, he'll be out there when we play in Baltimore (on December 2) and we'll duke it out another 15 rounds."

Jacoby Jones lifted the Ravens with a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown, giving the team a 10-7 lead just before halftime, and the defense did the rest in a typically gritty battle.

"We knew we had two kick returns already for touchdowns, and the whole special teams unit kept complaining that we hadn't had a punt return yet," Jones said after recording his third special teams return touchdown of the season.

"All week we emphasized and worked on it and we did a great job of blocking."

Jones's run would turn out to be the defining moment of a game that featured few fireworks and just 200 total yards for Baltimore.   Continued...

 
Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice (R) runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third quarter of their NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Cohn