In what may very well have been the final start of his NFL career, 37-year-old quarterback Charlie Batch led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens, keeping the Steelers' hopes for a spot in the AFC playoffs alive.
Batch completed 25 of 36 pass attempts for 276 yards and shook off a disastrous start to the fourth quarter, which began when he was intercepted by Ravens safety Ed Reed, to hit tight end Heath Miller for a game-tying touchdown with 7:24 remaining. Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison set-up Miller's touchdown with a strip-sack of Joe Flacco that was recovered by defensive end Ziggy Hood at the Ravens' 27-yard line.
On the Steelers' following possession, Batch completed all five of his pass attempts for 45 yards and drew a roughing the pass penalty on Paul Kruger on a drive that drained the final 6 minutes and 14 seconds off the clock before Shaun Suisham drilled a 42-yard field goal as time expired.
"We were able to do something nobody thought we were able to do, outside of our locker room" Batch told NBC's Carolynn Manno after the game. "We came down here, we knew it was going to be a 60-minute ballgame. We see everybody fought -- offense, defense, special teams -- and we put the thing together.
"This is something that -- we know we're a team. We know we didn't put our best performance last week. We knew in order for us to get to where we want to get to, and that's a shot at the tournament, we knew we had to come in here and get this. And no matter how it unfolds, we know that come December, we have to win football games and it started today."
With the win, the Steelers stopped a two-game losing skid. At 7-5 on the season, the Steelers are now two games back of the Ravens in the AFC North and as owners of the head-to-head tiebreaker with the equally 7-5 Cincinnati Bengals, the Steelers remain in the No. 6 spot in the AFC playoff picture just as starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is set to return from a right shoulder injury. Roethlisberger and regular No. 2 quarterback Byron Leftwich are both expected to be available in Sunday's game against the reeling San Diego Chargers.
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