Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger became the first QB in NFL history to throw for 6 TDs in consecutive games in a win over the Ravens.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the division rival Baltimore Ravens in a 43-23 rout thanks to another 6 TD performance by QB Big Ben Roethlisberger.
After giving up an early first quarter TD, Big Ben came to life in the second quarter with 3 TDs in the span of less than 7 minutes to give the Steelers a 22-10 half-time lead. Two Ravens turnovers prevented them from scoring on key drives and gave life to Pittsburgh. After a scoreless third quarter, the Steelers completely pulled away from the Ravens in the fourth with 3 more TDs from Big Ben.
For the second week in a row, Big Ben threw 6 TDs – becoming the first player in NFL history to record that many in back-to-back games. Five different receivers caught a TD pass: Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Le’Veon Bell, Matt Spaeth and two for Martavis Bryant. LB James Harrison also made an impact at the tender age of 36 with a 7 tackle, 2.0 sack performance against the team he used to cause havoc against in his younger days with the Steelers.
The Ravens struggled to move the ball all day, converting on only 3 of 13 third down conversion attempts and committing the aforementioned turnovers. Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw two TDs but also had a critical INT and was sacked four times by the Steelers defense.
With the win the Steelers move to 6-3 and move into 2nd place in the AFC North. Their next game will be on the road against the 1-8 New York Jets.
The Ravens lost their second straight game to an AFC North opponent and now have only a 2-3 record in the division with a game against the Browns at the end of the season. The Ravens are now in 4th place in the AFC North and play the 2-5 Tennessee Titans next week.