Instant Reaction: Steelers Beat Ravens 43-23 In Sunday Night Football Smackdown

It was the brawl everyone saw coming and the fireworks certainly lived up to expectations, but at the end of the day it was the Steelers who came out on top.

Steelers MVP:

Ben Roethlisberger took plenty of shots from the Ravens D in the first half, but he hung in there and...and ended up hanging six touchdowns on Baltimore. Big Ben now has twelve TDs in his last two games - good for a NFL record.

Roethlisberger would have to admit that the ageless James Harrison deserves some credit tonight as well, though. Harrison was in the zone, picking up 7 tackles with 2 sacks and 4 hits on Joe Flacco.

Ravens MVP: 

LB CJ Mosley had himself a nice game in the loss, picking up 9 tackles and showing good awareness overall. Mosley was responsible for a penalty, but this wasn't a great night for most of Baltimore's defense as far as discipline was concerned.

Key Stat:

12 touchdowns. Two games. Ben Roethlisberger put on another show, and his NFL record for TD passes in a two-game span was well earned.

Improvisation of the Day:

Brad Wing, Pittsburgh's punter/holder, took a bad snap on a PAT after Roethlisberger's bomb to Markus Wheaton late in the first half. Wing thought on his feet, completing an impromptu two-point conversion to Matt Spaeth.

What's Next?

The 6-3 Steelers travel to New York and take on the reeling Jets, while the 5-4 Ravens will try to pick themselves up against Tennessee at home.

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