Flacco cooled off considerably in the second half, though. He had almost all of his completions in the first half and he lost a big fumble in the fourth quarter. He also threw incomplete on fourth down, ending the Ravens' rally attempt. Cam Cameron went conservative in the second half, affecting Flacco's production.
Running back: D-plus
There was virtually no running game to speak of against the Steelers' top-ranked run defense. Ray Rice never got untracked and the Ravens were reluctant to play power football with Pro Bowl fullback Le'Ron McClain sidelined with a sprained ankle and no true fullback in the game. There weren't many holes to run through.
Anquan Boldin caught a touchdown pass in the first half, setting up his score by hauling in a 61-yard bomb. All night, he was there whenever Flacco needed him. The Ravens were shorthanded after tight end Todd Heap pulled his hamstring running a pass route on the first play of the game. T.J. Houshmandzadeh contributed some short catches and speedster Donte' Stallworth caught a 67-yard pass that should have gone for a touchdown if Flacco had done a better job of leading him.
Offensive line: F
Joe Flacco was under heavy duress for most of the night. He was sacked four times, losing a huge fumble on a sack and hit by Troy Polamalu. They also committed several penalties, especially left offensive tackle Michael Oher. There weren't many big holes to run through for the running game, either. It was a rough night overall for the offensive line.
Defensive line: A
Terrell Suggs had a monster game, recording two tackles for losses in an epic goal line stand that preserved the victory. He recorded 1 1/2 sacks, three tackles for losses and four quarterback hits. Haloti Ngata gave Ben Roethlisberger a bloody nose in the first quarter on a sack. Cory Redding was active at the line of scrimmage, too. Kelly Gregg played a solid game.
All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis recorded a game-high 12 tackles, shutting down Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall. Jameel McClain knocked tight end Heath Miller out of the game. Jarret Johnson missed a critical tackle at the end of the game on Isaac Redman's touchdown.
Strong safety Dawan Landry missed a huge tackle on fullback Isaac Redman's game-winning touchdown catch, allowing him to bust through his grasp. The Ravens contained speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace and veteran possession receiver Hines Ward. The open-field tackling was good all night, until the end of the game when it mattered the most.
Special teams: B
Billy Cundiff's kickoffs were superb. He knocked in a 24-yard field goal, but wasn't given a chance to tie the game in the fourth quarter as the team went for it on fourth down. Lardarius Webb had a 35-yard punt return
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