Ravens Wrapup

With rookie quarterback Kyle Boller continually being pressured by the Pittsburgh Steelers blitzing linebackers, the Baltimore Ravens lost 34-15 in Pittsburgh. <br><br> Starting his first regular season game, the Ravens' number one draft choice was besieged and battered by Steeler defenders seemingly almost every time he dropped back to pass.

Boller completed 22 of 43 passes for only 153 yards, many of which were short stop routes and dump-offs. Boller was sacked twice and threw one interception.

"Give the Steelers credit. They played very well," said Boller. "They were quick."

Breakdowns by both the offensive and defensive units contributed to the Ravens finding themselves down 27-0 in the closing minutes of the third quarter.

The Ravens offensive line had trouble opening holes for Jamal Lewis, who managed to rush for 69 yards on 15 carries.

Baltimore finally got on the board when Lewis raced 14 yards with 1:56 remaining in the third quarter. The Ravens' scoring drive covered 80 yards in only three plays, but 62 of those yards were from penalties. Two of the three penalties assessed to the Steelers on that drive were for pass interference.

"We'll have to look at the films and see where the breakdowns were," said head coach Brian Billick. "We had to throw short as they were protecting deep and taking away our deep balls. Kyle has a good head about him. He has a good thought process."

Trailing 34-7, Pittsburgh's Verron Haynes coughed up the ball when hit by Marques Douglas. Kelly Gregg fell on the ball at the Steeler two yard line. Three plays later, Boller rolled right, slipped, righted himself and then ran back to his left where he found Travis in the left corner of the end zone.

Going for two, Boller hit Todd Heap for the two-point conversion, making the final score 34-15.


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