Marlon Humphrey's Punch, Justin Tucker's Leg Lift Ravens Past Steelers 26-23

Vinny & Haynie
October 07, 2019 - 10:58 am

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By Joe Schiller

On a day where Cairo Santos went 0-for-4 on field goals for the Tennessee Titans in 14-7 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Baltimore Ravens must feel good they'll never have to worry about that problem. 

They have Justin Tucker, the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history, who delivered two clutch kicks including a 46-yard game-winner to beat the Steelers 26-23 in overtime on Sunday afternoon. 

There was plenty of talk throughout the week the matchup doesn't feel the same without Ben Roethlisberger, Terrell Suggs, or any of notable players who shaped this into one of sports' best rivalries, but the physicality didn't lose its touch. We see plenty of jarring hits throughout the game, including one by Earl Thomas, which left Steelers' quarterback Mason Rudolph unconscious. 

Thomas was flagged on the play, but not ejected. And the veteran safety was admament that his intention was never to hurt Rudolph. 

It was a sloppy game with horrendous officiating that both sides could point to for blame. The Ravens took a 17-7 lead in the second quarter following an 11-yard touchdown catch from Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, but the Steelers cut the deficit to four points by halftime with two field goals from Chris Boswell. 

Lamar Jackson struggled, 19-of-28 for 161 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Although, the box score may be misleading when looking at Jackson's interception total. One interception was deflected on a play where pass interference should have been called. Another was a fantastic play made by linebacker Devin Bush, but the play should have been ruled an incomplete pass after the ball hit the ground.

Still, Lamar didn't have a great game, but those are the struggles you're going to get with a 22-year-old quarterback who is still developing.  

But the play of the game came from one of the league's emerging cornerbacks. After failing to punch the ball from JuJu Smith-Schuster earlier in the game, Marlon Humphrey exacted his revenge. He executed the punch to perfection and gave the Ravens the ball in Steeler territory. 

Four plays later, Tucker curled his kick past the left upright. 

The Ravens snap a two-game skid to improve to 3-2 on the season. Up next is a home game against the winless Cincinnati Bengals (0-5), a game Baltimore can't afford to lose.